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Iceland Ranks 15th in Number of Cancer Cases

Iceland places 15th on a list ranking the quantity of cancer cases in individual countries. When both genders are taken into account, there are 282 cases of cancer in Iceland per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to a new study by the World Cancer Research Fund.


Smoking is considered to be one of the contributing factors to Denmark ranking highest in number of cancer cases. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

When only women are concerned, Iceland places 11th with 266 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Morgunbladid reports.

In the case of men, Iceland ranks 24th, lower on the list than women although the number of cancer diagnoses is higher: 306 per every 100,000 inhabitants.

Cancer is most common in Denmark, where 326 people out of 100,000 are diagnosed with the disease every year.

However, one of the reasons for the high number of cases in Denmark could be that physicians there are simply more efficient in diagnosing the disease.

Yet, the nation’s lifestyle is also considered a contributing factor; the percentage of women smokers in Denmark is unusually high, for example.

The developed countries are all in the top spots, with Ireland and Australia placing second and third, which is traced back to inhabitants there being most likely to be overweight, drink too much and exercise too little.

Click here to read more about cancer in Iceland.

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