Facts and Disparities
According to Fight Colorectal Cancer, Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States.
Black Americans are more likely to be diagnosed and die from colon cancer than most other groups. 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colon cancer.
25-30% of colon cancer patients have a family history of the disease. 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with colon cancer screening. But affordable, take-home options exist.
60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented with screening. Less than 50% of Asian Americans are up-to-date with colon cancer screening.
While rates of colon cancer in older adults have been decreasing over the last several decades, rates of colon cancer in young adults are increasing and is expected to increase by more than 140% by 2030. This is part of an ongoing trend that began in the mid 1990’s. From 1994 to 2012, there was a 51% increase in colon cancer in people ages 20-49.
But there is hope, the rate of people being diagnosed with colon cancer has been decreasing overall since the mid-1980s, due to increased screening among older adults. From 2013 to 2017, incidence rates dropped by about 1% each year, according to research by the American Cancer Society.
For more information, visit https://fightcolorectalcancer.org/