How Common is Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer death, but exactly how many people will get it in their lifetime? Learn the answer from the CDC’s Medical Director of the Colon Cancer Control Program, Dr. Djenaba A. Joseph.

Djenaba A. Joseph, MD: The incidence of colorectal cancer is about 45 per 100,000. So basically if you have 100,000 people in a room, 45 in them will get colon cancer within the year and the mortality is about 16 per 100,000, so in those 100,000 people about 16 will die from colorectal cancer, but the rate varies depending on your race or ethnicity, so African Americans have much higher incidence of mortality for colorectal cancer, so they definitely need to be aware of this disease so they can get screened, but this way everyone needs to be aware so they can get tested appropriately.

Colorectal cancer is the cancer of the colon and the rectum and cancer is any abnormal growth of cells. So cells are supposed to grow and die at a certain rate and they grow and keep growing and multiplying when they should not, it can turn into a cancer. In the case of colorectal cancer, it occurs in your colon which is the lower part of your intestine or your rectum.

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