About 1 in every 6 deaths on the planet is due to cancer, the second leading cause of death worldwide. In the United States alone, the cost of cancer care amounts to approximately $157 billion in medical expenditures per year. As the global population ages, the prevalence of cancer is likely to increase, as will the costs of care as more advanced, expensive treatments become the medical standard.
Correlated with factors like age, income, and health behaviors, the incidence of cancer varies heavily around the world. While the quality of medical treatment and access to health care is worse in poorer, developing nations, age is the main risk factor for cancer, and many of the countries with the highest incidence of cancer are wealthy, developed nations with high life expectancy.
To determine the countries with the highest incidence of new cancer cases, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the estimated age-adjusted new cancer diagnosis rates for 185 countries in 2018 with data from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.