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Cancer Statistics

Cancer Incidence in Singapore

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

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%).


Common Cancers affecting Men & Women (2014 – 2018)*


*Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2018

However, with vast advancements in cancer treatments, survival rates for people with cancer have greatly improved over the years. Improvements in screening for some of the common cancers have also led to earlier detection and therefore more timely treatment for many people.

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The information above is adapted from the Singapore Cancer Registry.

For more information on cancer statistics and trends, visit National Registry of Diseases Office.