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 Society and other resources were used to create the list.  The most common type of cancer on the list is prostate cancer, with more than 238,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2013. The next most common cancers are breast 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 2013, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 102,480 and 40,340, respectively, adding to a total of 142,820 new cases of colorectal cancer.

Kidney cancers can be divided into two major groups, renal parenchyma cancers and renal pelvis cancers. Approximately 92 percent of kidney cancers develop in the renal parenchyma,2 and nearly all of these cancers are renal cell cancers. The estimated number of new cases of renal cell cancer for 2013 is 59,938.

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 72,570 15,210
Breast (Female – Male) 232,340 – 2,240 39,620 – 410
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 142,820 50,830
Endometrial 49,560 8,190
Kidney (Renal Cell) 59,938 12,586
Leukemia 48,610 23,720
Liver 30,640 21,670
Lung (including Bronchus) 228,190 159,480
Melanoma 76,690 9,480
Multiple Myeloma 22,350 10,710
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 69,740 19,020
Pancreatic 45,220 38,460
Prostate 238,590 29,720
Thyroid 60,220 1,850


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