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The Ten Most Common Cancers in Men and Women


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2/2/2013
John L. Keefe
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In 2012, more than 1,600,000 Americans were diagnosed with more than 200 different cancers. The ten most common cancers diagnosed in 2012 are listed below. These statistics were obtained from the American Cancer Society.

Most Common Cancers in Men

  • Prostate cancer: 241,720 new cases in 2012 (29%)
  • Lung cancer: 116, 470 (14%)
  • Colon or rectal cancer: 73,420 (9%)
  • Urinary bladder cancer: 55,600 (7%)
  • Melanoma of the skin: 44,250 (5%)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 38,160 (4%)
  • Oral cavity and pharynx cancer: 28,540 (3%)
  • Leukemia: 26,830 (3%)
  • Pancreatic cancer: 22,090 (3%)
  • All cancers in men: 848,170 (100%)


Most Common Cancers in Women

  • Breast cancer: 226,870 cases in 2012 (29%)
  • Lung cancer: 109,690 (14%)
  • Colon or rectal cancer: 70,040 (9%)
  • Uterine cancer: 47,130 (6%)
  • Thyroid cancer: 43,210 (5%)
  • Melanoma of the skin: 32,000 (4%)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 31,970 (4%)
  • Kidney and renal pelvic cancer: 24,520 (3%)
  • Ovarian cancer: 22,280 (3%)
  • Pancreatic cancer: 21,830 (3%)
  • All cancers in women: 790,740 (100%)


Most Deadly Cancers in Men

  • Lung cancer: 87,750 deaths in 2012 (29%)
  • Prostate cancer: 28,170 (9%)
  • Colon or rectal cancer: 26,470 (9%)
  • Pancreatic cancer: 18,850 (6%)
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer: 13,980 (5%)
  • Leukemia: 13,500 (4%)
  • Cancer of the esophagus: 12,040 (4%)
  • Urinary bladder cancer: 10,510 (3%)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 10,320 (3%)
  • Kidney and renal pelvic cancer: 8,650 (3%)
  • All cancers deaths in men: 301,820 (100%)


Most Deadly Cancers in Women

  • Lung cancer: 72,590 deaths in 2012 (26%)
  • Breast cancer: 39,510 (14%)
  • Colon or rectal cancer: 25,220 (9%)
  • Pancreatic cancer: 18,540 (7%)
  • Ovarian cancer: 15,500 (6%)
  • Leukemia: 10,040 (4%)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 8,620 (3%)
  • Uterine cancer: 8,010 (3%)
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer: 6,570 (2%)
  • Brain and other nervous system cancers: 5,980 (2%)
  • All cancers deaths in women: 275,370 (100%)


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