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Lung Cancer Statistics

Medically Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo, MD on February 13, 2022

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 236,740 new cases of lung cancer would be diagnosed and about 130,180 deaths due to lung cancer would occur in 2022. 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 2021 was breast cancer. The American Cancer Society's estimated that in 2022, 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 51,400 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed. About 43,250 women will die from breast cancer. The next most common cancers were lung cancer and prostate cancer.