U.S. Cancer Statistics Colorectal Cancer Stat Bite

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In the United States in 2017—

  • 141,425 new colorectal cancers were diagnosed.
  • 52,547 people died from colorectal cancer.

Men had higher rates of getting and dying from colorectal cancer than women.

5-Year Relative Survival

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Among people diagnosed with colorectal cancer between 2012 and 2016, about 469,800 were still alive on January 1, 2017.

64% of colorectal cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 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.

For more cancer data, visit U.S. Cancer Statistics. Use the Data Visualizations tool to make your own tables, graphs, and maps.

Data Sources

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 2019 data submission, covering 100% 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 45 NPCR registries that met high-quality data criteria for the 2019 data submission and conducted linkage with the National Death Index and/or active patient follow-up, covering 94% of the U.S. population. Five-year relative survival estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2001 and 2016, and 5-year limited-duration prevalence estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2012 and 2016.

Suggested Citation

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; 2020.

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