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QuickStats: Percentage of Deaths from Malignant Neoplasms, by Sex and Type of Cancer* --- United States, 2004

* Cancer categories according to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision.

In 2004, lung cancer was the leading cause of death from cancer both for men (31.3% of all cancer deaths among men) and women (25.6% of all cancer deaths among women). The second leading cause for women was breast cancer (15.3%) and for men was prostate cancer (10.1%). Colon cancer was the third leading cause of death from cancer both for men (9.4%) and women (10.1%).

SOURCE: Minino A, Heron M, Murphy S, Kochanek K. Deaths: final data for 2004. National Vital Stat Rep 2007;55(19). Available at

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