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Colorectal Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chances of dying from cancer. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for colorectal cancer?

Here are some statistics about colorectal cancer:

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer (excluding skin cancer) in men and women combined.

  • About 135,430 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017. This includes about 95,520 people who will be diagnosed with colon cancer and about 39,910 people diagnosed with rectal cancer.

  • For men, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 21 (4.7%) and for women, 1 in 23 (4.4%). But this risk can be higher for people with certain risk factors.

  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in women, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It is the second leading cause when men and women are combined.

  • About 50,260 people were expected to die from colorectal cancer in 2017.

Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Richard, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2015
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