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


Cancer Type Estimated New Cases  Estimated Deaths
Bladder 74,690 15,580
Breast (Female – Male) 232,670 – 2,360 40,000 – 430
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 136,830 50,310
Endometrial 52,630 8,590
Kidney (Renal Cell) 63,920 13,860
Leukemia 52,380 24,090
Liver 33,190 23,000
Lung (including Bronchus) 224,210 159,260
Melanoma 76,100 9,710
Multiple Myeloma 24,050 11,090
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 70,800 18,990
Pancreatic 46,420 39,590
Prostate 233,000 29,480
Thyroid 62,980 1,890


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