1 in 24 women and 1 in 22 men will develop colorectal cancer.

We are making progress against colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer death  is decreasing for adults 50 and older due to screening. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2020 reports colorectal cancer incidence has generally declined since the mid-1980s, due to changes in risk factor exposures and the uptake of screening. From 2007 to 2016, incidence rates declined by 3.6% annually among adults 55 years of age and older but increased by 2% annually among adults younger than age 55.

The colorectal cancer death rate dropped by 54% from 1970 to 2017 because of changing patterns in risk factors, increased screening, and improvements in treatment. However, trends vary by age; from 2008 to 2017, the death rate declined by 2.6% per year among adults ages 55 and older but increased by 1% per year among adults younger than age 55.

More than half (55%) of colorectal cancers in the US are related to potentially modifiable risk factors according to a study by American Cancer Society researchers. Modifiable factors that increase risk include excess body weight, physical inactivity, long-term smoking, high consumption of red or processed meat, low calcium intake, heavy alcohol consumption, and very low intake of fruits and vegetables and whole-grain fiber.

Trends in Death Rates, 1930-2017

Cancer Statistics, 2020

Cancer Statistics, 2020
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Colorectal cancer is beatable and treatable!

Timely screening is key to finding colorectal cancer early when treatment is less invasive and most successful. The 5-year relative survival rate for colorectal cancer is 64%. If found early the 5-year survival rate is 90%, however only 39% of patients are diagnosed at an early stage.

For more statistics on colorectal cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Statistics.

Colorectal cancer in South Carolina

In South Carolina this year 2,550 people will hear “you have colorectal cancer” according to the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal Cancer in the United States

In South Carolina this year 910 people will die from colorectal cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

Colorectal Cancer Deaths in South Carolina

Who is getting screened in South Carolina? View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention colorectal cancer screening report card for South Carolina.   

Read more: Cancer in South Carolina 20-Year treads for incidence, mortality, and survival published by the South Carolina Central Cancer Registry.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Regional Cancer Profiles: