An estimated 562,340 deaths from cancer will occur in the US in 2009. Lung cancer is, by far, the most common fatal cancer in men (30%), followed by prostate (9%), and colon & rectum (9%). In women, lung (26%), breast (15%), and colon & rectum (9%) are the leading sites of cancer death.

It is estimated that about 1.5 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2009. Cancers of the prostate and breast will be the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men and women, respectively, followed by lung and colorectal cancers in both men and in women.

Cancer accounts for nearly one-quarter of deaths in the United States, exceeded only by heart diseases.

Source: American Cancer Society, 2009.