There were 9.6 million deaths from cancer worldwide in 2018.
In 2018, there were an estimated 9.6 million deaths from cancer (all cancers combined excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) worldwide: 5.4 million (56%) in males and 4.1 million (44%) in females, giving a male:female ratio of 10:7.7.
The four most common cause of cancer death worldwide are lung, bowel (including anus), stomach and liver cancers, and account for more than four in ten (44%) of all deaths.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer, GLOBOCAN 2018 accessed via Global Cancer Observatory. Accessed September 2018.
About this data
Data is for: worldwide, 2018.
Some common cancers are defined using slightly different ICD codes in this section than used for the UK data.
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