It is possible to list in order the twenty commonest cancers in men: lung, prostate, stomach, colon, bladder, liver, mouth, larynx, rectum, leukaemia, kidney, brain, pancreas, oesophagus (gullet), non-Hodgkin lymphoma, testis, melanoma, Hodgkin's, myeloma and gall-bladder.

It is important, however, to note that the different cancers have different cure rates so that for the number of deaths due to cancer the order is different: lung, stomach, prostate, colon, bladder, mouth, pancreas, rectum, oesophagus (gullet), leukaemia, liver, larynx brain, kidney, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, gall-bladder, Hodgkin's, melanoma and testis.

Among women a similar exercise is possible. The commonest cancers are: breast, colon, stomach, ovary, cervix uteri, corpus uteri, liver lung, brain, rectum, leukaemia, melanoma, pancreas, kidney, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, gall-bladder, Hodgkin's, mouth, oesophagus (gullet), myeloma and larynx. For women, death is commonest from cancers in: breast, colon, lung, stomach, ovary, cervix uteri, pancreas, leukaemia, rectum, brain, liver, corpus uteri, gall bladder, kidney, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bladder, oesophagus (gullet), myeloma, mouth, melanoma, Hodgkin's and larynx.