United States Was Ranked Seventh in Global Cancer Rates

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According to the data published by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), the United States has the seventh highest cancer rate in the world, according to new data published by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). 

Of the 50 nations with the highest overall cancer rates in the world, Denmark is ranked number one while South Africa is at the bottom.  Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, United States, Norway, Canada and Czech Republic are the other countries listed in the top ten countries with the highest cancer rates. 

The high cancer rates in these countries are thought to be related to the unhealthy lifestyles such as alcohol consumption and being inactive.  Denmark, for example, has a high rate of alcohol and tobacco consumption. 

In the more developed regions such as Europe, Northern America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, prostate and lung cancer are the most common malignancies found in men while breast and colorectum are the most common for women. 

In less developed regions, which include all of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, lung and stomach cancer are the most common cancers in men. For women, breast and cervix/uterine cancers are the most common. 

In the United Sates, the 5 most common cancers for both sexes are lung, prostate, breast, colorectum, and bladder. 

Countries With the Highest Overall Cancer Rates (per 100,000 Population)

Country Overall Males Females
Denmark 326.1 335 325
Ireland 317.0 356 285
Australia 314.1 361 274
New Zealand 309.2 338 287
Belgium 306.8 351 276
France (metropolitan) 300.4 361 255
United States 300.2 335 274
Norway 299.1 338 270
Canada 296.6 326 275
Czech Republic 295.0 349 259

Some people might feel that there is nothing they can do to prevent cancers.  Certainly, there are some cancers (i.e. pancreatic cancer) that could not be prevented, but there are also many cancers (e.g. colorectal and lung cancers), which can be prevented by simply adopting a healthy lifestyle and being physically active. 

Readers are encouraged to read the recommendations given by the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Source: Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 2011.

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