Cancer Facts & Statistics

Cancer Facts

  • Cancers of major public health relevance such as breast, cervical and colorectal cancer can be cured if detected early and treated adequately.
  • Regular screening examinations by a health care professional can result in the detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as the diagnosis of cancers at an early stage when they are most treatable.
  • Cancers of the cervix, colon, and rectum can be prevented by the removal of precancerous tissue.
  • Screening is known to reduce mortality for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum and cervix.
  • Vaccinations have been associated with the prevention of some cancers. Human papillomavirus vaccine prevents 70% of cervical cancer. Hepatitis B vaccine prevents hepatitis B virus, which can cause liver cancer.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
  • About 30% of cancer deaths are a result of the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol.

Cancer Incidence

  • 1768 new cancer cases were reported to Abu Dhabi Central Cancer Registry in 2014.
  • 24.1% among nationals and 75.9% among expatriates
  • 53.3% were females, 46.7% were males



* Metastatic cancers and skin cancers excluded in Abu Dhabi Central Cancer Registry Database

Cancer Death

  • Cancer is the third leading cause of death in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is the third among nationals and the third among expatriates. It accounts for 16% of total deaths.
  • There were around 427 deaths caused by cancer in 2015, 35% were nationals and 65% were expatriates.
  • 44% of death were females and 56% were males
  • The top five Leading causes of death among cancers in men (in order of frequency) are Lung, Colorectal, Liver, Leukemia and Pancreas.
  • The top five Leading causes of death among cancers in Women (in order of frequency) are breast, Colorectal, Leukemia, Ovary, and Lung.