Colorectal cancer in 2024
Colorectal cancer remains one of the most common cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that 152,810 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2024, and 53,010 will die from the disease. The number of people diagnosed has steadily declined since the mid-1980s due to increased screening and changing lifestyles.
Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. among men and women combined.
Each year, about 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
More than 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer this year.
One in 24 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.
The average age of diagnosis among men and women is 66.
There are more than 1.5 million colorectal cancer survivors in the U.S.
Colorectal cancer is rising in young adults
In the U.S., about 10% of colorectal cancer cases are diagnosed in people under 50. Those numbers are rising about one to two percent each year, and researchers are still finding out why. Young adults are the only population group experiencing an increase in colorectal cancer, and it's currently the deadliest cancer among young men and the second deadliest among young women.
Colorectal cancer and ethnicity
Colorectal cancer impacts some demographics more than others. Black Americans have the second-highest mortality and incidence rates of colorectal cancer in the U.S. They are 35% more likely to die from colorectal cancer and 15% more likely to develop it than non-Hispanic whites.
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Learn more about the symptoms and stages of this cancer.
Colorectal cancer screening can save your life. Learn more about screening methods, who should get screened, and how to prepare.
Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if caught early. Treatment typically depends on the location of the cancer and the stage of diagnosis.
Take the colorectal cancer screening quiz
Getting checked for colorectal cancer can save your life. Take a short quiz to receive personalized screening options based on your individual risk factors.
Whether personally impacted by colorectal cancer (CRC), supporting a loved one, or dedicated to educating and empowering others, these downloadable and printable resources can help.
Don Shippey was 55 years old in 2016 when he decided he’d been putting off his colonoscopy long enough.
These red flags could aid in the detection and diagnosis of colorectal cancer among younger adults, as the incidence of this disease in young people has nearly doubled in recent years.