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The Top 10 Types of Cancer you Are Most Likely to Get

The Top 10 Types of Cancer you Are Most Likely to Get

The Top 10 Types of Cancer you Are Most Likely to Get

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Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs, the latter process is referred to as metastasizing. Metastases are a major cause of death from cancer. – WHO International

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  1. Lung (1.69 million deaths)
  2. Liver (788 000 deaths)
  3. Colorectal (774 000 deaths)
  4. Stomach (754 000 deaths)
  5. Breast (571 000 deaths)

united states

One of the greatest concerns America has today is cancer. In 2015, the latest year for which incidence data are available, 1,633,390 new cases of cancer were reported, and 595,919 people died of cancer in the United States. For every 100,000 people, 438 new cancer cases were reported and 159 died of cancer.  Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer. – Source, CDC

  1. Female Breast
  2. Prostate
  3. Lung and Bronchus
  4. Colon and Rectum
  5. Corpus and Uterus
  6. Skin Melanoma
  7. Urinary Bladder
  8. Lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin)
  9. Kidney and Renal Pelvis
  10. Thyroid
  1. Lung and Bronchus
  2. Female Breast
  3. Prostate
  4. Colon & Rectum
  5. Pancreas
  6. Ovary
  7. Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Duct
  8. Leukemias
  9. Lymphoma (Non-Hodgkin)
  10. Corpus & Uterus


Cancer has a major impact on society in the United States and across the world. Cancer statistics describe what happens in large groups of people and provide a picture in time of the burden of cancer on society. Statistics tell us things such as how many people are diagnosed with and die from cancer each year, the number of people who are currently living after a cancer diagnosis, the average age at diagnosis, and the numbers of people who are still alive at a given time after diagnosis. They also tell us about differences among groups defined by age, sex, racial/ethnic group, geographic location, and other categories. NIH

If you are looking for information about chances of surviving cancer and prognosis, see the Understanding Cancer Prognosis page.

cancer prevention: Reducing the Cancer Burden

Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately. WHO International

cancer management

To reduce the significant disability, suffering and deaths caused by cancer worldwide, effective and affordable programmes in early diagnosis, screening, treatment, and palliative care are needed. Treatment options may include surgery, medicines and/or radiotherapy; treatment planning should be guided by tumour type, stage and available resources and informed by the preference of the patient. Palliative care, which focuses on improving the quality of life of patients and their families, is an essential components of cancer care. Accelerated action is needed to improve cancer care, achieve global targets to reduce deaths from cancer and provide health care for all consistent with universal health coverage. WHO International 

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