About Colorectal Cancer

colorectal diagram

Colorectal cancer is a growth that begins in the colon or rectum. These areas are part of the large intestine. Doctors believe colorectal cancer usually develops from benign growths called adenomatous polyps. Polyps can become cancerous unless caught early by routine screening tests.

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women. Survival rates for colorectal cancer range from 10% to over 90% when the cancer is found and treated early.

Colorectal Cancer Statistics (2009)
In the United States, an estimated 146,970 new cases of colorectal cancer will be identified, resulting in 49,920 deaths.

For more information about colorectal cancer:

National Cancer Institute
Oregon Partnership for Cancer Control (OPCC)