Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.
- An estimated 11,600 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 4,300 will die of it.
- An estimated 14,500 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 5,000 will die of it.
- On average, 72 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day.
- On average, 25 Canadians will die of colorectal cancer every day.
Probability of developing or dying from colorectal cancer
- One in 14 men is expected to develop colorectal cancer during his lifetime and one in 29 will die of it.
- One in 16 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer during her lifetime and one in 32 will die of it.
Trends in colorectal cancer
- In both sexes, the incidence rate rose between 1980 and 1985, then declined to the mid-1990s (more strongly in females than in males). Rates then rose through 2000 only to decline thereafter. Death rates have been declining in both sexes.
* All statistics taken from the Canadian Cancer Society
Source: The Canadian Cancer Society