In 2011 about 141,210 people were predicted to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the US, and about 49,380 people were predicted to die of the disease. In both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.
Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are highest in African American men and women; incidence rates are 20% higher and mortality rates are about 45% higher than those in whites. Incidence and mortality rates among other major racial/ethnic groups are lower than those among whites. However, the burden of colorectal cancer also varies greatly within racial/ethnic groups; for example, incidence rates among American Indians/Alaska Natives living in Alaska are 102.6 (per 100,000), compared to 21.0 among those residing in the Southwest.
Significant progress in the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer is possible by increasing access to and utilization of colorectal cancer screening tests. Currently, however, only about half of people aged 50 or older, for whom screening is recommended, report having received colorectal cancer testing consistent with current guidelines.
Cancer facts such as these are presented in the updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures. This publication provides updated cancer research facts about colorectal cancer, including statistics on colorectal cancer occurrence and risk factors, as well as information about prevention, early detection, and treatment.
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