The number of cancer cases is growing around the world. According to data from the World Cancer Research Fund International, the number is estimated to be reaching 24 million by 2035.

In this article, we look at the top 10 most common cancers in the world, and compare that with the situation in Hong Kong.

Top 10 most common cancers in the world

In 2012, lung cancer remained the highest percentage of all cancers in the world, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer. The remaining nine sites are breast, colorectum, prostate, stomach, liver, cervix uteri, oesophagus, bladder and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 



In men, lung cancer was the most common cancer worldwide, followed by prostate and colorectum cancers.  



In women, breast cancer was the most common cancer worldwide, followed by colorectum and lung cancers. 

Top 10 most common cancers in Hong Kong

According to statistics from the Hong Kong Cancer Registry, colorectum cancer was the most common cancer in Hong Kong, followed by lung, breast, prostate, liver, stomach, non-melanoma, corpus uteri, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and nasopharynx cancers.


In men, lung cancer was the most common cancer in Hong Kong, followed by colorectum and prostate cancers. 


In women, breast cancer was the most common cancer worldwide, followed by colorectum and lung cancers.



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