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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 Institute and other resources were used to create the list.1 To qualify as a common cancer for the list, the estimated annual incidence for 2022 had to be 40,000 cases or more.

The most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with 290,560 new cases expected in the United States in 2022. 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 2022, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 106,180 and 44,850, respectively, adding to a total of 151,030 new cases of colorectal cancer.

The following table gives the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths for each common cancer type in 2022:

Cancer Type Estimated New Cases Estimated Deaths
Bladder 81,180 17,100
Breast (Female – Male) 287,850 – 2,710 43,250 – 530
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 151,030 52,580
Endometrial 65,950 12,550
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) 79,000 13,920
Leukemia (All Types) 60,650 24,000
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct 41,260 30,520
Lung (Including Bronchus) 236,740 130,180
Melanoma 99,780 7,650
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 80,470 20,250
Pancreatic 62,210 49,830
Prostate 268,490 34,500
Thyroid 43,800 2,230


  1.  Siegel RL, Miller KD, Fuchs HE, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2022. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2022; 72(1):7-33. Last accessed May 10, 2022. [PubMed Abstract
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