U.S. Cancer Statistics Colorectal Cancer Stat Bite
In the United States in 2018—
- 141,074 new colorectal cancers were diagnosed.
- 52,163 people died from colorectal cancer.
Men had higher rates of getting and dying from colorectal cancer than women.
5-Year Relative Survival
64% of colorectal cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2011 and 2017 had not died from their cancer 5 years later.
Survival is higher when colorectal cancer is found before it spreads to other parts of the body. Screening tests can prevent colorectal cancer or find it early, when treatment works best.
Data in this brief come from U.S. Cancer Statistics, the official federal cancer statistics.
U.S. Cancer Statistics incidence data are from population-based registries that participate in CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and/or the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and met high-quality data criteria for the 2020 data submission, covering 99% of the U.S. population.
U.S. Cancer Statistics death data are from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System and cover 100% of U.S. population.
U.S. Cancer Statistics survival and prevalence data are from 42 NPCR registries that met high-quality data criteria for the 2020 data submission and conducted linkage with the National Death Index and/or active patient follow-up, covering 86% of the U.S. population. Five-year relative survival estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2011 and 2017, and 5-year limited-duration prevalence estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2013 and 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States Cancer Statistics Colorectal Cancer Stat Bite. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2021.