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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 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 2019 had to be 40,000 cases or more.

The most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with 271,270 new cases expected in the United States in 2019. 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 2019, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 101,420 and 44,180, respectively, adding to a total of 145,600 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 80,470 17,670
Breast (Female – Male) 268,600 – 2,670 41,760 – 500
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 145,600 51,020
Endometrial 61,880 12,160
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) Cancer 73,820 14,770
Leukemia (All Types) 61,780 22,840
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct 42,030 31,780
Lung (Including Bronchus) 228,150 142,670
Melanoma 96,480 7,230
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 74,200 19,970
Pancreatic 56,770 45,750
Prostate 174,650 31,620
Thyroid 52,070 2,170


  1.  American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures 2019. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society, 2019. Also available online. Last accessed February 5, 2019.
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