Common Cancer Types

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This list of common cancer types includes cancers that are diagnosed with the greatest frequency in the United States, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers:

Cancer incidence and mortality statistics reported by the American Cancer Society1 and other resources were used to create the list. To qualify as a common cancer for the list, the estimated annual incidence for 2017 had to be 40,000 cases or more.

The most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with more than 255,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2017. The next most common cancers are lung cancer and prostate cancer. 

Because colon and rectal cancers are often referred to as "colorectal cancers," these two cancer types are combined for the list. For 2017, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 95,520 and 39,910, respectively, adding to a total of 135,430 new cases of colorectal cancer.

The following table gives the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths for each common cancer type:

Cancer Type Estimated New Cases Estimated Deaths
Bladder 79,030 16,870
Breast (Female – Male) 252,710 – 2,470 40,610 – 460
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 135,430 50,260
Endometrial 61,380 10,920
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) Cancer 63,990 14,400
Leukemia (All Types) 62,130 24,500
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct 40,710 28,920
Lung (Including Bronchus) 222,500 155,870
Melanoma 87,110 9,730
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 72,240 20,140
Pancreatic 53,670 43,090
Prostate 161,360 26,730
Thyroid 56,870 2,010


  1.  American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society, 2017. Also available online. Last accessed January 18, 2017.
  • Updated: February 13, 2017

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