What is the trend in the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in the US?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The incidence and mortality from colon cancer have been on a slow decline over the past several decades in the United States, with the incidence falling on average 2.4% each year and death rates falling on average 2.2% each year over 2007-2016. [23]  However, colorectal cancers remain the third most common cancer and third most common cause of cancer-related mortality in US men and women. [24]  In addition, rates of colon cancer in younger persons have been increasing. [25]


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