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Public estimate vs. actual percent of deaths due to cancer worldwide as of 2019

According to the findings of a survey by IPSOS, the majority of countries underestimate the proportion of people who die from cancer each year. Those in the Philippines were the most likely to accurately guess the percentage of deaths attributable to cancer in their country. This statistic shows the actual vs public estimates for number of deaths per 100 which occur as a result of cancer worldwide as of 2019, by country.

Difference between actual and average public estimates of the percentage of deaths resulting from cancer worldwide as of 2019, by country*

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

November 22 to December 6, 2019

Number of respondents

around 16,000

Age group

16-74 years

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Original question: Out of every 100 deaths in [COUNTRY] - about how many are a result of cancer?

* The main source of ‘actual’ data for causes of death around the world is the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Global Burden of Disease (GBD) database for 2017. Please see for full details of all sources.

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