Australian men are twice as likely to get cancer as the rest of the world

Australian men are twice as likely to get cancer as the rest of the world

One in two Australian men will develop cancer, according to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Last week's Globocan 2018 database, which estimates the number of cancer cases around the world, showed that the Australian and New Zealand regions have the highest cancer risk in the world.

The region of Australia and New Zealand has the highest cancer risk in the world, new global estimates show.

The region of Australia and New Zealand has the highest cancer risk in the world, new global estimates show.

Photo: Andrew Quilty

In Australia, there will be an estimated 197,876 new cases of cancer in 2018, including 120,034 in men.

When it comes to risk, estimates show that Australian men have a 49.58 percent chance of getting cancer before the age of 75, while women are less likely to be affected by it at 33.36 percent.

For men, that's more than double the world average of 22 percent.

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