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Cancer Singapore Statistics

Cancer cases have been rising over the years, and the number of people living with cancer will continue to increase.

It was estimated that the lifetime risk for developing cancer in the Singapore population is approximately 1 for every 4-5 people. As the risk of cancer increases with age, with an ageing population, the number of people being diagnosed and living with cancer is likely to continue to rise.

During the period from 2014-2018, 74,536 cancer cases were reported in Singapore and 48.5% and 51.5% of those cases were reported in males and females respectively*.

Three most frequent incident cancers reported for males and females in this period are:

  • Males:

    • colorectal (6,129 cases/16.9%),

    • prostate (5,368 cases/14.8%) and

    • lung (5,083 cases/14%)

  • Females:

    • breast (11,232 cases/29.3%),

    • colorectal (5,109 cases/13.3%)

    • and lung (2,862 cases/7.5%).

The international Agency for research on Cancer published clear statistics in 2020

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Other statistics:

  • The odds of men and women in Singapore developing cancer by age 75 is 22.66% and 22.03%, respectively.

  • Singapore is ranked 42 for the highest cancer rates globally.

  • Chinese in Singapore Accounted for 82.5% of All Cancer Cases

  • The Cost of Treating Cancer Can Be $100,000 to $200,000 per Year

  • Women Are More Likely to Survive From Cancer Than Men

  • Based on the 5-year figures, if one were to be diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, there’s a relative survival rate of 18.6%. That rate decreases in the 10-year figures – 13.7%.



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