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Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures

The Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2023-2025 report is an educational companion for Colorectal Cancer Statistics, 2023, a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society flagship journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 

The incidence of colorectal cancer is declining in people ages 65 and older. Since 2011, incidence rates have been stable in people ages 50 to 64 and increasing by 2% a year in people ages 50 to 54, as well as in people younger than age 50. 

This Facts & Figures report provides statistics about colorectal cancer in the United States, including this cancer’s incidence, survival, and mortality. The report also presents data about disparities in the number of people who follow screening guidelines resulting from differences in the availability of quality care due to their race, ethnicity, or state of residence.

Glossary for Nonscientists

Featured Term:
Cancer relative 5-year survival rate

An estimate of the percentage of people who will be alive 5 years after a diagnosis of cancer compared with people who haven’t been diagnosed with cancer. The relative survival rate shows whether a disease shortens life and is used as a way to approximate the expected lifetime. For example, a relative 5-year cancer survival rate of 80% means that compared to the number of people without cancer who are alive, 80% of people with cancer will be living 5 years after their diagnosis.

Citations, Credits, & Permissions

Suggested citation: American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2023-2025. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2022.

Please note that any reproduction or re-use of this publication or portions of it should credit the appropriate edition of the American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures publication.