What Are the Most Common Cancers?


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With the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, the most common cancers in adults in the United States are breast, prostate and lung cancer, states the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. The most common cancer that affects children is leukemia, according to the American Cancer Society.

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What Are the Most Common Cancers?
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The approximate number of new cases of female breast cancer in 2015 is expected to be over 232,000, notes the National Cancer Institute. Similarly, the expected new cases of lung cancer is over 221,000, while the projected figure for prostate cancer is 220,800.

The estimated deaths attributed to breast cancer is expected to be over 40,000 for 2015. Additionally, men are also affected by breast cancer, and expected new male cases is over 2,300.

Although these are the top three most common cancers affecting people in the United States, colorectal cancer is fourth on this list. The types of cancers that most affect men are prostate, lung and colorectal, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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