Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

When colorectal cancer is caught before spreading, the five-year survival rate is nearly 90 percent.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Over 51,000 people living in the United States died of colorectal cancer in 2019, according to federal estimates. Although this type of cancer can be preventable, it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States behind only lung cancer.

Colonoscopy screening can prevent colorectal cancer because precancerous polyps found during the procedure can be removed at the same time, before they ever develop into cancers. The procedure can also detect colorectal cancers at an early stage, before they have spread, when successful treatment is more likely. In fact, the five-year survival rate for localized colorectal cancer is 89.9 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2019, an estimated 145,600 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 

Colorectal cancer is more common in men than women. It is also more common among African Americans than people of other races. The median age of diagnosis in the United States is 67 years, and 78 percent of newly diagnosed patients are aged 55 and older. 

What Is the AACR Doing in This Area?

In October 2021, the AACR will hold its fourth colorectal cancer-focused special conference, in Minneapolis.

In 2019, the AACR offered the following awards in the field of colorectal cancer research: