About Colorectal Cancer


  • Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. In 2009, (the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates) the number of new colon cancers diagnosed will be 106,000 and the number of rectal cancer diagnosed will be 40,870.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. It is it is expected to cancer about 49,920 deaths (25, 240 in men and 24,680 in women) during 2009.
  • It is estimated that 60% of colorectal deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 or older were screened routinely.
  • When discovered early colon cancer is highly treatable
  • Screening saves lives and screening can find colorectal cancer early when treatment can be very effective.
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