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20 Countries With the Highest Rate of Cancer

These nations consume far too many red M&Ms.
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Answer
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Denmark
2
Ireland
3
Australia
4
New Zealand
5
Belgium
6
France
7
USA
8
Norway
9
Canada
10
Czech Republic
 
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11
Israel
12
The Netherlands
13
Luxembourg
14
Hungary
15
Iceland
16
Germany
17
Uruguay
18
Italy
19
Switzerland
20
Slovenia
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Level 37
May 1, 2013
aka - "countries with lots of white people and high life expectancy." Read somewhere that white people are statistically more likely to get cancer. Plus, 'where do people live long enough to eventually get cancer?' 10/10
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Level 82
May 1, 2013
I'm sure life expectancy is a factor. The study suggested that countries that were more "developed" and high on the human development index were at highest risk. I'm not sure being "white" has anything to do with it. I was able to dig up a more comprehensive list here: http://www.wcrf.org/cancer_statistics/cancer_frequency.php and you can see that Uruguay is #17 on the list, Israel is #11, French Polynesia is #19, Korea is #24, Taiwan is #29, and Mongolia is #30. So... seems to affect people from all over. South Africa is #50. There are probably a variety of factors like life style and genetics- but genetics more specific to local areas than just extremely broad and ill-defined terms like "white."
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Level 70
May 4, 2013
Could it also have to do with the fact that the countries listed probably have better access to healthcare, meaning the cancer is far more likely to be diagnosed and reported? I wouldn't think too many biopsies would be going on in the third world when a person has unusual symptoms.
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Level 82
May 4, 2013
Yes I imagine that's quite possible, too. Sort of like how the incidence or rape in many countries is near zero because it's just NEVER reported, and some countries where rape stats are very high this is actually a sign that the crime is reported and prosecuted and actually treated like a crime, and that victims are getting help, so the figures can be misleading. Someone in Uganda might drop dead from late stage colon cancer and it may be attributed to witchcraft or "the vapors" and they just don't have the money to ever visit a doctor. I'm sure that probably happens. Though I'm not sure what, if any, accounting was done to try and adjust for such discrepancies. Under-reporting may have been anticipated and accounted for. Interesting point, though.
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Level 67
May 7, 2013
White people are more likely to get skin cancer, colon cancer (too much junk food), cervical cancer (multiple sex partners), but I'd also expect a lot of people from third world countries die from lung cancer (smoking)
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Level 75
Jul 10, 2014
Had no idea white people are known for multiple sex partners. My husband and I have been out of it during our 40 years of happy, monogamous marriage.
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Level 68
Nov 18, 2014
Cervical cancer is not caused by multiple sex partners. HPV can lead to cancer, which is often acquired sexually, but it's not the multiple sex partners causing cancer - it's the HPV. Just wanted to clarify.
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Level 40
Feb 4, 2016
I had no idea junk food was a white people thing.
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Level 27
May 9, 2013
I'd prefer if you added numbers to the quiz and a source in the description
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Level 82
May 9, 2013
Sure, if I edit it again I will do that. For now I'll say the information came from wikipedia.
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Level 82
May 9, 2013
and I posted a link above that has more complete information, as well.
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Level 27
Nov 12, 2014
Just making conversation here... Guernsey Island (obviously not a country:) - have you read anything on their rate of cancer?
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Level 82
Nov 12, 2014
Nope. Should I?
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Level 27
Nov 16, 2014
Well no. I was just hoping to get your thoughts on it as it's extremely high and I have never found any theories on why.
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Level 82
Nov 16, 2014
I have no idea. Never heard that before. But since we're talking about an island, which is much smaller than most countries, I would assume that rather being something relating to demographics or lifestyle it is probably environmental.