Colorectal cancer (cancer that starts in the colon or rectum) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 147,950 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 53,200 could die from this disease in 2020.
On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 23 for men and women combined (4.5%), however, this varies widely according to individual risk factors.
About 71% of cases arise in the colon and about 29% in the rectum.
Since the mid-1980s, the colorectal cancer survival rate has been increasing, due in part to increased awareness and screening. By finding polyps and cancer in the earlier stages, it is easiest to treat. Improved treatment options have also contributed to a rise in survival rates.
There are currently more than one million colorectal cancer survivors alive in the US.
Stage of diagnosis
According to the American Cancer Society:
Colorectal cancer and age
This article was written by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Visit them at https://www.ccalliance.org/.