Cancer Statistics

The National Cancer Registry (NCR) collates and analyses cancer cases diagnosed in pathology laboratories (both public and private) nationwide and reports annual cancer incidence rates stratified by sex, age and population groups. The NCR methodology follows that recommended by the WHO/IARC.

The following Cancer Statistics are available for download. Download Acrobat Reader is required to view the documents.

Electronic reports of NCR cancer statistics from the following years are available on the CANSA website: 1993-1995, 1997, 1998-1999

Hard copies of the cancer statistic reports from 1986-1999 are available at the NCR offices in Johannesburg. Contact the NCR for more information.


The NCR methodology follows that recommended by the WHO/IARC. This document contains information on data collection and data flow; reporting of cancer; data quality and quality assurance; analysis and presentation of cancer incidence report. Instruction for the use of NCR data on the website:

For permission to use NCR data provided on the website, kindly contact:
Dr Elvira Singh                or   Dr Mazvita Sengayi     

Referencing/citation for NCR reports:
South African National Cancer Registry. Cancer in South Africa {YEAR OF REPORT} Johannesburg. Accessed {DATE WHEN ACCESSSED}