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

Estimated number of new cancer cases
Lung 2,093,876
Breast 2,088,849
Colorectum 1,849,518
Prostate 1,276,106
Stomach 1,033,701
Liver 841,080
Oesophagus 572,034
Cervixuteri 569,847
Thyroid 567,233
Bladder 549,393
Non-Hodgkinlymphoma 509,590
Pancreas 458,918
Leukaemia 437,033
Kidney 403,262
Corpusuteri 382,069
Lip,oralcavity 354,864
Brain,centralnervoussystem 296,851
Ovary 295,414
Melanomaofskin 287,723
Gallbladder 219,420
Larynx 177,422
Multiplemyeloma 159,985
Nasopharynx 129,079
Oropharynx 92,887
Hypopharynx 80,608
Hodgkinlymphoma 79,990
Testis 71,105
Salivaryglands 52,799
Vulva 44,235
Kaposisarcoma 41,799
Penis 34,475
Mesothelioma 30,443
Vagina 17,600
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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period


Age group

all ages

Supplementary notes

Release date represents the date figures were accessed.

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