Colorectal Cancer Statistics
New cases of colorectal cancer are predicted to be 9.7% of the total global cancer cases by 2020. The increase is driven by population growth and ageing in the next decade.
- In Europe colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second most common malignant tumour
- More than 450,000 citizens in Europe are newly diagnosed every year with the disease
- Colorectal cancer kills 230,000 Europeans every year
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide
- Yet 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, there are about 175 million citizens in Europe between the ages of 50 - 69 years of age
Colon Cancer Survival Rates
Since the mid-1980s, the colon 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 easiest to treat. Improved treatment options have also contributed to a rise in survival rates.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the local stage is 90%.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the regional stage is 70%.
- The five-year survival rate for colon cancer found at the distant stage is today up to 20%.