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The Most Frequent cancer types in the United States of America.  From

The most common type of cancer on the list is lung cancer, with more than 222,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2010. The cancer with the lowest incidence is leukemia. Leukemia as a cancer type includes acute lymphoblastic (or lymphoid) leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myelogenous (or myeloid) leukemia, and other forms of leukemia. It is estimated that 43,050 new cases of leukemia will be diagnosed in the United States in 2010, with chronic lymphocytic leukemia being the most common type (approximately 14,990 new cases).

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

Cancer Type Estimated New Cases Estimated Deaths
Lung (Including Bronchus) 222,520 157,300
Prostate 217,730 32,050
Breast (Female) 207,090 39,840
Colon and Rectal (Combined) 142,570 51,370
Bladder 70,530 14,680
Melanoma 68,130 8,700
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 65,540 20,210
Kidney (Renal Cell) Cancer 49,504 11,084
Thyroid 44,670 1,690
Endometrial 43,470 7,950
Pancreatic 43,140 36,800
Leukemia 43,050 21,840
Breast (Male) 1,970 390

Because colon and rectal cancers are often referred to as "colorectal cancers," these two cancer types are combined for the list. For 2010, the estimated number of new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are 102,900 and 39,670, respectively, adding to a total of 142,570 new cases of colorectal cancer.

Kidney cancers can be divided into two major groups, renal parenchyma cancers and renal pelvis cancers. Approximately 85 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 2010 is 49,504.

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