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Rich countries dominate cancer league table

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d537
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

Denmark has the world’s highest incidence of cancer, with 326 new cases each year for every 100 000 people. It is followed by Ireland (317), Australia (314), New Zealand (309), and Belgium (307).

The data, compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund, show that every year 267 in every 100 000 in the United Kingdom develop cancer, putting it in 22nd place. When the data are broken down by sex the UK ranks 33rd in the world for men but 12th for cancers in women and 11th for breast cancer alone.

The fund used statistics compiled by the World Health Organization to compare cancer rates around the world. The ranking shows that rich countries have much higher rates of cancer than poor ones. WHO …

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