Colorectal Cancer Overview

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How many people get colorectal cancer?

The American Cancer Society's estimates for colorectal cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 93,090 new cases of colon cancer
  • About 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer
  • About 49,700 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.

Last Medical Review: 10/15/2014
Last Revised: 12/31/2014