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Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women (behind lung and prostate cancer in men, and behind lung and breast cancer in women). Colorectal cancer is sometimes referred to as the second leading cause of cancer incidence and death (instead of third) because breast and prostate cancer affect the genders separately, while lung and colorectal cancer affect both men and women.

Annually, nearly 137,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and over 50,000 will die from the disease. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, in 2014, it is estimated that 71,830 men and 65,000 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 26,270 men and 24,040 women will die from the disease.

To learn more about colorectal cancer statistics as well as figures on other cancers, click here for the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Facts and Figures 2014".

Reviewed February 2014