Millions of Americans are living with a diagnosis of cancer. Researchers are learning more about what causes cancer, and how it grows and progresses. And they are looking for new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat it.
The following is a list of common cancer types:
According to the National Cancer Institute, one of the most common types of cancer 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).
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.
Source: National Cancer Institute