Colorectal cancer by the numbers

Colorectal cancer by the numbers

Colorectal (colon/rectal) cancer claims thousands of lives each and every year. Due to its widespread reach and ability to affect both men and women, the public should become educated about the disease. Here’s a look at colorectal cancer by the numbers.

3

Colorectal cancer ranks as the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States.

103,170

The number of new cases of colon cancer in the United States in 2012.

40,290

The number of new cases of rectal cancer in the United States in 2012.

23,300

The number of new cases of colorectal cancer in Canada in 2012.

63

The percentage of Canadian men who will live for five years after receiving a colorectal cancer diagnosis.

1

The number, in millions, of U.S. colorectal cancer survivors.

20

The number of years the cases of colorectal cancer have been dropping steadily thanks to increased awareness and screening methods.

5

The number of feet in length of the average colon.

4

The number of sections in the colon, which include the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and sigmoid colon.

95

Percentage of colorectal cancers that are a type of cancer known as adenocarcinomas, which start in cells that form mucus for the colon.

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