Listed: Most Common Types of Cancer

So far, more than 200 types of cancers are known to us. In the United States, the cancer diagnosed with the highest frequency, barring nonmelanoma skin cancers, is breast cancer. The next most common — ‘common’ implies at least 40,000 cases annually (2018) — type of cancer is lung cancer and prostate cancer. This article details 10 of the most common cancers in America.

Breast Cancer

Followed by skin cancer, American women are most commonly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lung Cancer (including Bronchus)

The foremost cause of cancer death in America is lung cancer. To lessen the risk of lung and bronchus cancer, abstaining from smoking is recommended.

Prostate Cancer

Usually characterized by slow growth, the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American men is prostate cancer.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

Cancers discovered in the colon or rectum are referred to as colorectal cancer. The large intestine is made up of both of them.

Melanoma (skin)

Melanoma is a cancer that surfaces in specialized cells that are part of the pigment that gives skin its color, i.e., melanin. Although it is more common on the skin, melanomas can also develop on the eye and in other tissues that are pigmented.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer typically impacts older adults, with men being affected by it more than women.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is cancer that emerges in the lymphatic system. It’s distinguished by tumors surfacing from a kind of white blood cell known as lymphocytes.

Kidney (renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) Cancer

Renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer’s most common form, is rooted in one kidney as a single tumor. Renal pelvis cancer develops in the ureter or the kidney’s pelvis, i.e., the tube that transfers urine to the bladder from the kidney.

Endometrial Cancer

Uterine cancer comes in two forms: endometrial cancer is the common variant, while uterine sarcoma is rare.


Cancers that stem from the blood-forming tissue of the bone marrow are known as leukemias.

These cancers are distinguished by a huge amount of abnormal white blood cells accumulating in the blood and bone marrow to the extent where they overwhelm normal blood cells. Distributing oxygen to the tissues becomes harder for the body, and it also struggles to control bleeding and fight infections.