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
- 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
- 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.
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