The State Health Registry of Iowa at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health estimates 6,200 Iowans will die of cancer this year. One out of four of the deaths will be attributed to lung cancer. 
In a new report, UI estimates that 17,400 new cancers will be diagnosed this year — up 800 from last year. Breast cancer is expected to be the most common type among women, with prostate cancer the most common among men. 
"Each year our projections are based on data from three years prior because of the time it takes to collect and verify data on cancer cases and their treatment and outcomes," Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, said in a statement. "Last year we projected the number of breast and colorectal cancer cases would continue to decline rapidly based on trends from previous years. Unfortunately, more recent data has suggested a much slower decline, possibly due to an increase in risk factors such as obesity, as well as an aging population."
The report found that liver cancer, while ranking as the 13th leading cause of cancer deaths in Iowa, is rising in incidence here — as it is nationally. The rate of new liver cancer cases in Iowa has roughly tripled over the past 35 years. From 1975 to 1979, there were two cases per 100,000 people, but the number rose to six cases per 100,000 people from 2010 to 2014.