Colorectal cancer: by the numbers

  • Updated: April 19, 2013 - 12:53 PM

60%

of deaths could be avoided with regular screenings.

90%

chance of 5-year survival if colorectal cancer is caught in the early stages; in the late stages, that number changes to around 10 percent.

51,370

U.S. deaths in 2010 from colorectal cancer

Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control

• 10 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are under 50 years of age.

• $8.4 billion per year in U.S. costs for prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer.

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