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Cancer is a leading cause of premature death in every country in the world.

But many of these deaths can be prevented.

Learn how 6 countries are taking action in the global fight against cancer.

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. In 2012, Australia legislated plain standardized tobacco packages to deter smoking. The country has since successfully defended against three sets of legal challenges to these laws, demonstrating the power governments have to legislate for public health.

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Rwanda has among the highest cervical cancer rates in the world. However, the HPV vaccine can protect against many of the HPV types that cause cervical cancer. This country has achieved greater than 98% coverage in its HPV vaccine target population, potentially lowering cervical cancer rates in future generations of women.

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China has the highest liver cancer incidence rate in the world. Rates are now decreasing in this country due to programs for the prevention of aflatoxin exposure and familial transmission of hepatitis B virus, two major contributors to the liver cancer burden.

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Explore South, East, & SE Asia

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The most common cancers in the Netherlands are associated with excess body weight and physical inactivity. To combat this, substantial investments have been made in cycling-promoting infrastructure and policies, resulting in 27% of trips being made by bicycle and 6,500 deaths averted each year.

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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Mexican women, and cancer is a leading cause of death among Mexican children. The creation of Seguro Popular in Mexico, making universal health coverage mandatory, has improved access to care and survival from breast and childhood cancers.

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, although mortality rates are decreasing. Screening is estimated to be responsible for about half of the declines in colorectal cancer mortality since 1975.

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Explore Northern America

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Explore Data

Explore the causes of cancer, the burden around the world, and ways to take action—from prevention to end-of-life care—through research, policy, and collaboration.


Learn about the prevalence of major known risk factors for cancer in populations around the world.

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Explore the global cancer burden in terms of incidence, mortality, prevalence, and survival for each major world region as well as by Human Development Index.

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Discover effective interventions across the cancer continuum, from prevention to early detection, treatment, and palliative care.

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Explore major topics and recent advances in global cancer


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The third edition of The Cancer Atlas features 40 chapters designed to highlight the most important information from around the world on cancer risk factors, the burden, and ways to take action.

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