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Quick Facts (1): For more information see NCI webpage

*   Annual incidences of 40,000 or more cases qualify as a common cancer type, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common cancers are:

Bladder Cancer   Lung Cancer
Breast Cancer   Melanoma
Colon and Rectal Cancer   Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Endometrial Cancer   Pancreatic Cancer
Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer   Prostate Cancer
Leukemia   Thyroid Cancer
All Cancer types A to Z List   Cancer By body location/system

*   The most common cancer type is lung cancer: more than 222,000 new cases expected in the US in 2010

*   The lowest incidence in cancer is leukemia (all types including ALL, CLL, AML, CML etc.): 43,050 new cases are expected in the US in 2010, CLL being the most 14,990 cases

*   Estimated new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 102,900 and 39,670, respectively, with total of 142,570 for colorectal cancer in the US in 2010

*   The estimated number of new cases of renal cell cancer for 2010 is 53,581

*   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 70,530 14,680
Breast (Female – Male) 207,090 – 1,970 39,840 – 390
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 142,570 51,370
Endometrial 43,470 7,950
Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer 53,581 11,997
Leukemia 43,050 21,840
Lung (Including Bronchus) 222,520 157,300
Melanoma 68,130 8,700
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 65,540 20,210
Pancreatic 43,140 36,800
Prostate 217,730 32,050
Thyroid 44,670 1,690

*   Cancer incidence and mortality statistics reported by the American Cancer Society (1) and information from NCI webpage were used to create the list


  1. American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures 2010. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society, 2010. Download PDF .