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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 2024 had to be 40,000 cases or more.

The most common type of cancer on the list is breast cancer, with 313,510 new cases expected in the United States in 2024. 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 2024, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 106,590 and 46,220, respectively, adding to a total of 152,810 new cases of colorectal cancer.

The following table gives the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths for each common cancer type in 2024:

Cancer Type Estimated New Cases Estimated Deaths
Bladder 83,190 16,840
Breast (Female – Male) 310,720 – 2,790 42,250 – 530
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 152,810 53,010
Endometrial 67,880 13,250
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) 81,610 14,390
Leukemia (All Types) 62,770 23,670
Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct 41,630 29,840
Lung (Including Bronchus) 234,580 125,070
Melanoma 100,640 8,290
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 80,620 20,140
Pancreatic 66,440 51,750
Prostate 299,010 35,250
Thyroid 44,020 2,170


  1.  Siegel RL, Giaquinto, AN, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2024. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2024; 74(1):1114. Last accessed May 8, 2024. [PubMed Abstract
  2. SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Common Cancer Sites. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, Last accessed May 10, 2024. 
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