2014 Colorectal Cancer Fast Facts

Every 3 years, American Cancer Society researchers analyze and report on colorectal cancer statistics and trends in the United States. They summarize the data in the publications Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures, published on cancer.org, and in Colorectal Cancer Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The 2014 publications, released Monday, provide in-depth information about colorectal cancer occurrence, risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Below are 10 key facts from the new reports. All figures are for the U.S.

30%: The decline over the last 10 years in the rate of colorectal cancer diagnosis among those aged 50 and older. However, the rate among those younger than 50 is on the rise.

50,310: The number of Americans expected to die of colorectal cancer in 2014.

71,830: Number of men expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014.

65,000: Number of women expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014.

1 in 20: Number who will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer at some point in their lifetime.

50 and older: The ages at which 90% of new colorectal cancer cases occur.

50% higher: The risk of dying from colorectal cancer for black Americans compared to whites.

90%: The 5-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer when the disease is diagnosed at an early stage.

40%: The percentage of patients diagnosed at an early stage, when colorectal cancer is more easily treatable.

7: Specific things people can do to reduce their risk of colorectal cancer – get screened regularly, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, consume a healthy diet, limit alcohol consumption, get enough calcium – mainly through food sources, and avoid tobacco.

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