Facts and Stats

Looking for facts about colon cancer & rectal cancer? See below for 2022 statistics and other important facts to share.

Having accurate facts about colon cancer and rectal cancer is very important. Whether you're reporting on a story, doing a homework assignment, raising awareness with family, or creating your own materials for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, do your homework and get the numbers right.

Below are 2022 facts and stats about colorectal cancer. Need a fact check or information about something not listed below? Contact our media team.

Two interesting facts about colon cancer & rectal cancer

colon cancer interesting facts - 2nd leading cause of cancer death in the US

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States.

colon cancer fact - 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed

1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

More important facts about this common cancer

25-30% of colorectal cancer patients have a family history of the disease

25-30% of colorectal cancer patients have a family history of the disease.

colorectal cancer prevention fact

1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening. But affordable, take-home options exist.

60% of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented with screening

60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with screening.

african american colon cancer statistic

Black Americans are more likely to be diagnosed and die from colorectal cancer than most other groups.

asian american colon cancer statistic

Less than 50% of Asian Americans are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening.

indigenous colorectal cancer fact

Indigenous communities have higher rates of colorectal cancer than their White counterparts.

ashkenazi jews have one of the highest colorectal cancer risks

Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews have one of the highest risks of colorectal cancer of any ethnic group in the world.

More Colorectal Cancer Statistics

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Hopeful Figures & Facts About Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

While rates of colorectal cancer in older adults have been decreasing over the last several decades, rates of colorectal cancer in young adults are increasing.

1 in 10 colorectal cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50 years of age.

Here are a few key facts about colon cancer under 50:

  • Rates of early-age onset colorectal cancer have been rising steadily since the mid-1990s.
  • There was a 51% increase in cases of colorectal cancer in people age 20-49 from 1994 to 2012.
  • Rates are increasing most rapidly among the American Indian/Alaska Native and Non-Hispanic White populations.
  • The CRC death rate increased by 1.3% annually in people under 50 years between 2008 to 2017.
  • Patients under 50 years of age are 58% more likely than older patients to be diagnosed with late stage disease (stage III or IV). 
  • The incidence of is expected to increase by >140% by 2030.

"By 2030, the incidence of early-age onset (EAO) CRC — diagnoses under age 50 — is predicted to increase by more than 140%, meaning more than 27,000 people under age 50 will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. We must act now."

—Anjee Davis, Fight Colorectal Cancer President

Causes of colorectal cancer in young adults

Why is this happening?

Studies suggest that lack of access to health care and a lack of awareness in both young patients and their doctors about the signs and symptoms of colon cancers and rectal cancers are causing the higher incidence of colon cancer and rectal cancer in young adults under age 50.

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