12-month prevalence rates of cancer worldwide in 2018, by cancer type

Breast cancer was the most prevalent cancer type in 2018 with around 44.5 women living with this type of cancer per 100,000 population. The 12-month prevalence rate for prostate cancer as of this time was 27.2 per 100,000 population.

Number of prevalent cancer cases worldwide in 2018, by type of cancer (per 100,000 population)*

Prevalent cancer cases per 100,000 population
Breast 44.5
Prostate 27.2
Colorectum 17.8
Lung 13.5
Cervixuteri 10.2
Corpusuteri 8.3
Stomach 7.6
Thyroid 6
Bladder 5.7
Ovary 5.5
Non-Hodgkinlymphoma 4.8
Liver 4.4
Leukaemia 4
Oesophagus 3.7
Kidney 3.7
Melanomaofskin 3.4
Lip,oralcavity 3.2
Brain,centralnervoussystem 2.7
Pancreas 2.3
Larynx 1.7
Testis 1.6
Multiplemyeloma 1.5
Gallbladder 1.4
Nasopharynx 1.2
Oropharynx 0.94
Vulva 0.86
Hodgkinlymphoma 0.81
Penis 0.65
Hypopharynx 0.64
Salivaryglands 0.47
Vagina 0.32
Kaposisarcoma 0.31
Mesothelioma 0.23
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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period


Age group

all ages

Supplementary notes

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* Prevalence of cancer in the past year.

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