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Colorectal Cancer Statistics

 CDC’s Dr. Hannah Weir: We predicted trends in new cancer cases and cancer deaths in the United States to the year 2020.

In this video abstract, CDC’s Dr. Hannah Weir talks about her work to project trends in new cancer cases and deaths to the year 2020. The largest increases are expected in prostate, female breast, lung, and colorectal cancers.

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It is the third most common cancer in men and in women. For more information, visit Cancer Among Men and Cancer Among Women.

In 2014 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 139,992 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 73,396 men and 66,596 women.
  • 51,651 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 27,134 men and 24,517 women.

Data source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2014 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2017. Available at:

Quick Facts: Colorectal Cancer Screening in the U.S.

The percentage of U.S. adults aged 50 to 75 years who were up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening increased 1.1 percentage points, from 66.2% in 2014 to 67.3% in 2016. This represents an additional 3.3 million adults screened for colorectal cancer. More information is available in this fact sheet. [PDF-563KB]