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Global Cancer Statistics

Number of Cases, Deaths, and Survivors

Worldwide in 2012 (the latest year for which information is available)—

  • 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed.
  • 8.2 million people died from cancer.
  • 32.6 million people were five-year cancer survivors (people who are alive five years after being diagnosed with cancer).

By 2025, 19.3 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed each year.

In less developed regions in 2012—

  • 8 million new cancer cases were diagnosed (57% of the global total).
  • 5.3 million people died from cancer (65% of the global total).
  • 15.6 million people were five-year cancer survivors (48% of the global total).
Stacked bar graph showing the number of cancer cases and deaths in less developed regions and more developed regions in 2012, in millions

Cancer Cases

In 2012, the most common cancers worldwide (for both sexes) were*—

  1. Lung cancer (13% of all cancers diagnosed; 1.8 million people).
  2. Breast cancer (12% of all cancers diagnosed; 1.7 million people).
  3. Colorectal cancer (10% of all cancers diagnosed; 1.4 million people).
  4. Prostate cancer (8% of all cancers diagnosed; 1.1 million people).
  5. Stomach cancer (7% of all cancers diagnosed; 952,000 people).
  6. Liver cancer (6% of all cancers diagnosed; 782,000 people).
  7. Cervical cancer (4% of all cancers diagnosed; 528,000 people).

In 2012, the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide (for males and females) were—

  • Among males: Lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach, and liver.
  • Among females: Breast, colorectal, lung, cervical, and stomach.
Pie chart showing the most common cancers worldwide in 2012

Cancer Deaths

An estimated 168.1 million years of healthy life are lost due to cancer every year.

In 2012, the most common causes of cancer death worldwide (for both sexes) were*—

  1. Lung cancer (19% of all cancer deaths; 1.6 million people).
  2. Liver cancer (9% of all cancer deaths; 745,000 people).
  3. Stomach cancer (9% of all cancer deaths; 723,000 people).
  4. Colorectal cancer (9% of all cancer deaths; 694,000 people).
  5. Breast cancer (6% of all cancer deaths; 522,000 people).
  6. Cancer of the esophagus (5% of all cancers diagnosed; 400,000 people).
  7. Pancreas cancer (4% of all cancers diagnosed; 330,000 people).

In 2012, the most common causes of cancer death worldwide (for males and females) were—

  • Among males: Lung, liver, stomach, colorectal, and prostate.
  • Among females: Breast, lung, colorectal, cervical, and stomach.

*Note: Rankings are defined by the total number of cases and deaths and are not age-standardized.

Pie chart showing the most common causes of cancer death worldwide in 2012

Data source: GLOBOCAN 2012: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide in 2012

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