Colon cancer statistics
Colon cancer claims a third rank in the list of most common cancers diagnosed in the United States (skin cancer excluded). American cancer society estimate that this year a total of 106,370 people will be diagnosed with new colon cancer and an estimated 56,730 patients will die from colon cancer. It is estimated that more women (55,970) will have new diagnosis of colon cancer compare to men (50,400). However the total deaths from colon cancer is expected to be about equal in men (28,320) and women (28410). Together with rectal cancer, colon cancer claims about 10 percent of all cancer deaths.
The death rates from colon cancer have been decreasing for the last several years. Many people are getting routine screening colonoscopy and this may be preventing many cases of colon cancer and finding many other in an earlier stage where cure is more possible.