Facts and Stats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hopeful Figures & Facts About Colon Cancer

Colorectal Cancer Under 50

  • While rates of colorectal cancer in older adults have been decreasing over the last several decades, rates are increasing in younger adults.
  • 1 in 10 colorectal cancers are diagnosed in patients under 50 years of age.
  • 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 of EAO CRC 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 EAO CRC is expected to increase by >140% by 2030.

Why is it 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 and rectal cancers are causing the higher incidence of colon cancer and rectal cancer in young adults under age 50.

Read more about colorectal cancer in young adults