• Statistics

    • Colon cancer kills more Canadians than any other digestive cancer.
    • Colon cancer kills 1 out of every 10 cancer victims.
    • Colon cancer has the 2nd highest death rate of all cancers in Canada.
    • Acute care inpatient costs for colorectal cancer totaled nearly $215 million in 2004-2005.
    • Inpatient care for colorectal cancer costs $210 million and is the 15th most expensive condition to treat in Canada.
    • Colorectal cancer is ranked as the third most prevalent cancer in Canada, preceded by breast and prostate cancers.
    • Based upon the number of new cases in 2009, colorectal cancer is ranked 4th behind prostate, lung, and breast cancers.
    • Regular colonoscopies every 3 years can detect almost 100% of colorectal cancers. Early cancer identification is essential for successful treatment.
    • Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most expensive cancer to treat, just behind lymphatic cancers.
    • Each hospital admission for a colorectal cancer patient costs an average of $13,000 (on average, how many admissions?)
    • In 2009, 22,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
    • In 2009, estimates show colon, rectum and anus cancers will kill 9,100 Canadians.
    • The lifetime probability of a Canadian developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 15.
    • The lifetime probability of a Canadian dying from colorectal cancer is 1 in 27.
    • Canadians aged 70 to 79 years have a 12-fold increased chance of developing colorectal cancer over the next 10 years when compared to those aged 40 to 49 years.
    • Lifetime medical treatment costs for colon cancer can be as high as $0.75 million per patient.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health