Colon Cancer

Statistics

Some statistics on colon cancer:

  • Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, after lung cancer. It accounts for a projected 26,800 new cases in 2017 (13% of all cancers). (Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017)
  • Colorectal cancer kills more Canadians than any other digestive cancer. It has the 2nd highest death rate of all cancers in Canada. (Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017)
  • 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetimes; 1 in 29 men and 1 in 34 women will die of it. (Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017).
  • About 1 in 2 cases is diagnosed in a late stage. The most common stage at diagnosis is stage III (29% of cases). About 20% of cases are at stage IV at diagnosis. (Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee 2018)
  • Five-year survival for colon cancer is estimated to be 92% for cancers diagnosed at stage I compared with only 11% for stage IV. Five-year survival for rectal cancer is estimated to be 87% for stage I and 12% for stage IV. (Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee 2018)
  • The economic burden of colorectal cancer in Canada is substantial. Acute inpatient care costs for colorectal cancer totaled nearly $215 million in 2004-2005. (Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 2009).

Citations:

Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2017. http://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/cancer%20information/cancer%20101/Canadian%20cancer%20statistics/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2017-EN.pdf?la=en [accessed 3 September 2018]

Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2018. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2018. http://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/cancer%20information/cancer%20101/Canadian%20cancer%20statistics/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2018-EN.pdf?la=en [accessed 3 September 2018]

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. 2009. Establishing digestive health as a priority for Canadians. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation – National Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report. Public Health Agency of Canada. 2017. Colorectal cancer. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/chronic-diseases/cancer/colorectal-cancer.html [accessed 3 September 2018]

Statistics

Some statistics on colon cancer:

  • Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, after lung cancer. It accounts for a projected 26,800 new cases in 2017 (13% of all cancers). (Canadian Cancer Society's Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017)
  • Colorectal cancer kills more Canadians than any other digestive cancer. It has the 2nd highest death rate of all cancers in Canada. (Canadian Cancer Society's Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017)
  • 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetimes; 1 in 29 men and 1 in 34 women will die of it. (Canadian Cancer Society's Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics 2017; Public Health Agency of Canada 2017).
  • About 1 in 2 cases is diagnosed in a late stage. The most common stage at diagnosis is stage III (29% of cases). About 20% of cases are at stage IV at diagnosis. (Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee 2018)
  • Five-year survival for colon cancer is estimated to be 92% for cancers diagnosed at stage I compared with only 11% for stage IV. Five-year survival for rectal cancer is estimated to be 87% for stage I and 12% for stage IV. (Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee 2018)
  • The economic burden of colorectal cancer in Canada is substantial. Acute inpatient care costs for colorectal cancer totaled nearly $215 million in 2004-2005. (Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 2009).

Citations:

Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Committee on Cancer Statistics. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2017. http://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/cancer%20information/cancer%20101/Canadian%20cancer%20statistics/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2017-EN.pdf?la=en [accessed 3 September 2018]

Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2018. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2018. http://www.cancer.ca/~/media/cancer.ca/CW/cancer%20information/cancer%20101/Canadian%20cancer%20statistics/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2018-EN.pdf?la=en [accessed 3 September 2018]

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. 2009. Establishing digestive health as a priority for Canadians. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation – National Digestive Disorders Prevalence & Impact Study Report. Public Health Agency of Canada. 2017. Colorectal cancer. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/chronic-diseases/cancer/colorectal-cancer.html [accessed 3 September 2018]

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