Fast Facts on Colorectal Cancer

  • It is the second leading cause of male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada.
  • Colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. If screened and caught early – the chances of survival increase by 90%.
  • Unfortunately as it stands today, nearly half of those diagnosed find out too late.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer.
  • 423 Canadians, on average, are diagnosed with colon cancer every week.
  • 175 Canadians, on average, die of this disease every week.
  • One in 14 men is expected to develop colorectal cancer during his lifetime and one in 27 will die of it.
  • One in 15 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer during her lifetime and one in 31 will die of it.
  • Anyone 50 and up should be screened regardless of family history.