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Cancer league table published

24th January 2011

A league table has revealed that the UK comes 22nd in the world for cancer rates, with Denmark in first place.


The research was compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) from estimated totals from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The table suggested that in the UK, 267 people in every 100,000 are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Men in the UK are in 33rd place for cancer - compared with other men across the world - and women are 12th in the world.

The number of women in the UK who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year puts the country in 11th place.

The WCRF tables showed that richer countries with people who earn higher salaries have markedly higher cancer rates than poorer countries.

The tables revealed that the only countries outside of Europe which made the top 20 were Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Israel, Canada and the USA.

Professor Martin Wiseman, Medical and Scientific Adviser for WCRF, said: "We know that people in high-income countries are more likely to be overweight, to drink a lot of alcohol and to be inactive."

"There is strong scientific evidence that these factors increase risk of several common cancers and these figures show the effect of this. When you look at the list, it is clear that the countries that do worse for these factors tend to be nearer the top."


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