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Cancer - new cases worldwide by type 2018

This statistic displays the estimated number of new cancer cases in 2018, distributed by type of cancer. For both sexes and all ages, the total number of new cancer cases is estimated to stand at approximately 18.1 million. With some 2.1 million new cases, cancer regarding the lung was the leading type of cancer worldwide.

Number of new cancer cases

Cancer can be caused by internal factors like genetics and mutations, as well as external factors such as smoking and radiation. It occurs in the presence of uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. However, many cancer cases could be prevented, for example, by omitting cigarette usage and heavy alcohol consumption. Risk of developing cancer tends to increase with age and is the most common in middle-aged adults or those that are older. Nevertheless, cancer can develop in individuals of any age. Cancer can be treated through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, among other methods.

In the United States, there will be an estimated 1.76 million new cancer cases and 606,880 deaths for 2019. Among U.S. men, prostate cancer and lung and bronchus cancers are among the most common new cases in 2019, totaling an estimated 174,650 and 116,440 cases, respectively. In women, breast cancer and lung and bronchus cancer are the most common newly diagnosed cases, totaling 268,600 cases and 111,710 cases, respectively.

Number of new cancer cases worldwide in 2018, by type of cancer

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Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Age group

all ages

Supplementary notes

Release date represents the date figures were accessed.

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