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Common Cancer Types

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 National Cancer Institute1 and other resources were used to create the list. To qualify as a common cancer for the list, the estimated annual incidence for 2021 had to be 40,000 cases or more.

The most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with 284,200 new cases expected in the United States in 2021. The next most common cancers are prostate cancer and lung cancer. 

Because colon and rectal cancers are often referred to as "colorectal cancers," these two cancer types are combined for the list. For 2021, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 104,270 and 45,230, respectively, adding to a total of 149,500 new cases of colorectal cancer.

The following table gives the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths for each common cancer type in 2021:

Cancer Type Estimated New Cases Estimated Deaths
Bladder 83,730 17,200
Breast (Female – Male) 281,550 – 2,650 43,600 – 530
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 149,500 52,980
Endometrial 66,570 12,940
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) 76,080 13,780
Leukemia (All Types) 61,090 23,660
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct 42,230 30,230
Lung (Including Bronchus) 235,760 131,880
Melanoma 106,110 7,180
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 81,560 20,720
Pancreatic 60,430 48,220
Prostate 248,530 34,130
Thyroid 44,280 2,200


  1.  Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, et al. (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2018. National Cancer Institute, posted to the SEER website, April 2021. Last accessed April 19, 2021.
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