Colorectal Cancer Statistics

With almost 1.4 million new cases of colorectal cancer each year worldwide it presents 9.7% of the total global cancer cases. The increase in the number of cases is driven by population growth and ageing as well as poor diet and lifestyle.

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second in women worldwide with almost 55% of the cases occurring in more developed regions
  • In Europe it is the second most common cancer with more than 470,000 European citizens being diagnosed every year with the disease
  • Colorectal cancer kills 228,000 Europeans every year with the highest estimated mortality rates in both sexes being in Central and Eastern Europe
  • This disease is preventable in many cases and highly treatable if diagnosed in its early stages
  • Colorectal cancer is a disease that mainly effects the over 50’s, and there are more than 175 million citizens in Europe between the 50 to 69 years old
Estimated cases per year (worldwide):   Estimated death per year (worldwide):
 746,000 (male)  614,000 (female) 374,000 (male)  320,000 (female) 

 Burden of colorectal cancer:   Worldwide   Europe 
 Incidence  1,361,000  471,000
 Mortality  694,000  228,000

Source: Globocan 2012: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide in 2012

Colon Cancer Survival Rates

Since the mid-1980s the colorectal cancer death rate has been dropping due in part to increased awareness and screening. By finding more polyps and cancer in the earlier (local and regional) stages, it is easier to treat the disease. Improved treatment options have also contributed to a rise in survival rates.

  • The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90%
  • The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the regional stage is 70%
  • The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the distant stage today is up to 20%
  • According to the results of EUROCARE-5 countries with lowest survival for most cancers are in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia). The survival in those countries is below European mean, particularly for good prognosis cancer like colorectal cancer and other (lymphoma and skin melanoma)
CRC Statistics
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