Lung Cancer Statistics

Medically Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on February 14, 2020

How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths for both men and women throughout the world. The American Cancer Society estimated that about 228,820 new cases of lung cancer would be diagnosed and about 135,720 deaths due to lung cancer would occur in 2020. Not counting skin cancer, it is the second most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US.
The most common type of cancer in the U.S. in 2019 was breast cancer. The American Cancer Society's estimated that in 2020, 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 48,530 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed. About 42,170 women will die from breast cancer. The next most common cancers were lung cancer and prostate cancer.