Colon Cancer Around the World – World Cancer Day

It’s no secret – BLUE is our color around here. However on a day like today – World Cancer Day – we’re changing it up for the universal fight against cancer. Today, we support cancer survivors across the globe. 

Hashtags like #FinishtheFight, Super Bowl ads featuring cancer survivors and a feed full of purple profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter shows us that we’re not the only ones touched by cancer. And – we’re not alone in this fight.

We’re encouraged by all of the support and attention that World Cancer Day is receiving. And we’re happy to see the cancer community not only raising awareness about the need for a cure – but celebrating survivors. We love celebrating survivors, too.

Colon Cancer Across the Globe

While some of the information about World Cancer Day talks about general cancer statistics across the globe, we thought we’d pull some information specific to colon and rectal cancer. Take a look at colorectal cancer incidence in the world*:

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world, with nearly 1.4 million new cases diagnosed in 2012.
  • It’s projected there will be 2.4 million cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed annually worldwide by 2035.
  • It is predicted that worldwide, the number of cases will rise to 1.36 million for men and 1.08 million for women by 2035.
  • In 2012 there were about 746,000 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in men and 614,000 cases in women.
  • Republic of Korea had the highest rate of colorectal cancer, followed by Slovakia and Hungary. (for both genders)

Colorectal Cancer by Country



Age-Standardized Rate per 100,000 (World)
1 Korea, Republic of 45.0
2 Slovakia 42.7
3 Hungary 42.3
4 Denmark 40.5
5 The Netherlands 40.2
6 Czech Republic 38.9
6 Norway 38.9
8 Australia 38.4
9 New Zealand 37.3
10 Slovenia 37.0
11 Belgium 36.7
12 Israel 35.9
13 Canada 35.2
14 Ireland 34.9
15 Italy 33.9
16 Singapore 33.7
17 Spain 33.1
18 Croatia 32.9
19 Serbia 32.6
20 Japan 32.2

Go here to read statistics about colon and rectal cancer in the U.S.

Fight Colorectal Cancer on World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, we see that colorectal cancer isn’t just a problem within the United States. Men and women across the globe are being diagnosed with this preventable cancer. We’re on a mission to see that change not just here but abroad, too.

We want a cure and we’re actively working through advocacy, awareness and research to find it. If you too want to support colorectal cancer, here are a few ways to get involved today:

Support colorectal cancer research

Raise awareness about colorectal cancer

Use social media to raise awareness of colorectal cancer


*Source: Ferlay J, Soerjomataram I, Ervik M, Dikshit R, Eser S, Mathers C, Rebelo M, Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013. Available from:, accessed on 13/12/2013.