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Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer

The following article is from the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests:

Excluding skin cancers, Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of Colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2019 are:

  • 101,420 new cases of colon cancer

  • 44,180 new cases of rectal cancer

Lifetime risk of Colorectal cancer:

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing Colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women. This risk is slightly lower in women than in men. A number of other factors (described in Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors) can also affect your risk for developing Colorectal cancer.

Deaths from Colorectal Cancer:

In the United States, Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, and the second most common cause of cancer deaths when men and women are combined. It's expected to cause about 51,020 deaths during 2019.

The death rate (the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year) from Colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for several decades. There are a number of likely reasons for this. One is that Colorectal polyps are now being found more often by screening and removed before they can develop into cancers or are being found earlier when the disease is easier to treat. In addition, treatment for Colorectal cancer has improved over the last few decades. As a result, there are now more than 1 million survivors of Colorectal cancer in the United States. Although the overall death rate has continued to drop, deaths from Colorectal cancer among people younger than age 55 have increased 1% per year from 2007 and 2016.

Statistics related to survival among people with Colorectal cancer are discussed in Survival Rates for Colorectal Cancer, by Stage



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