Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures

  • Each year about 145,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and about 56,000 deaths result annually.
  • About 75 percent of these tumors are in the colon and 25 percent are in the rectum.
  • The incidence of colorectal cancer in the United States is about 60 cases in men and 45 cases in women per 100,000 persons.
  • It has been estimated that there will be about 1,000 deaths in Washington State this year due to colorectal cancer, compared to about 700 deaths from both breast and prostrate cancers.
  • The 5-year survival rate in patients detected with early or "localized" cancers is about 90 percent.
  • The 5-year survival in patients detected with colon cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes surrounding the colon is only about 65 percent.
  • About 10 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer that has metastasized to distant sites (for example, the liver) survive for 5 or more years.

Frequently Asked Questions about Colorectal Cancer