How many people get colorectal cancer?
The American Cancer Society's estimates for colorectal cancer in the United States for 2014 are:
- About 96,830 new cases of colon cancer
- About 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer
- About 50,310 deaths from colorectal cancer
Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20.
The death rate from colorectal cancer has been going down for more than 20 years. One reason is that there are fewer cases. Thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. And colorectal cancer can also be found earlier when it is easier to cure. Treatments have improved, too.
Last Medical Review: 08/15/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014