Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.

Colorectal cancer responds best to treatment when it is found and treated as early as possible. Knowing about the possible risks, signs and symptoms can help keep you aware of anything you should discuss with your doctor.

Quick Facts

  • It is estimated that 26,100 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016 (14,500 males and 11,600 females) and 9,300 (5,000 males and 4,300 females) Canadians will die from the disease.
  • 1 in 14 men and 1 in 16 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetimes; 1 in 29 men, and 1 in 32 women, will die of it.
  • Colorectal cancer is responsible for approximately 14% of new cancer cases and 12% of cancer deaths.
  • In 2009, an estimated 55,985 men and 48,145 women were living with or surviving from colorectal cancer in Canada. That means that 1 in 297 Canadian men and 1 in 351 Canadian women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer at some point during the previous 10 years.
  • More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases are adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinomas are cancers that begin in the epithelial cells lining certain internal organs. Some types of adenocarcinomas include cancers of the breast, thyroid, colon, stomach, pancreas, as well as certain types of lung cancer.The majority of these arise from adenomatous polyps (adenomas). Adenomas are common benign tumors that develop from normal colonic mucosa and are present in about a third of the European and USA populations. Only a small proportion of polyps (1-10%) develop into invasive colorectal cancer.