Cancer, a highly morbid disease, has one of the worst incidence and mortality statistics across the globe. As reported by the American Cancer Society, the estimated annual incidence for 2016 has crossed 40,000 cases or more in USA alone. In the statistics, the most common type of cancer is breast cancer, with around 249,000 new cases in 2016 itself. Other common cancers include lung and prostate cancer. Colorectal cancers, combining colon and rectal cancers, have registered 95,270 and 39,220, new cases respectively, which amounts to a total of 134,490 new cases of colorectal cancer.

The following table gives the estimated numbers of new cases and deaths for each common cancer type:

Cancer TypeEstimated New CasesEstimated Deaths
Breast (Female – Male)246,660 – 2,60040,450 – 440
Colon and Rectal (Combined)134,49049,190
Kidney (Renal Cell and Renal Pelvis) Cancer62,70014,240
Leukemia (All Types)60,14024,400
Lung (Including Bronchus)224,390158,080
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma72,58020,150

Source: National Cancer Institute