How do the mortality rates for colon cancer vary geographically?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Colorectal cancer causes approximately 694,000 deaths annually, accounting for 8.5% of cancer mortality overall. More deaths (52%) occur in the less-developed regions of the world, reflecting a poorer survival in these regions. Geographically, mortality rates worldwide vary six-fold in men and four-fold in women, with the highest estimated mortality rates in both sexes in Central and Eastern Europe (20.3 per 100,000 for men, 11.7 per 100,000 for women), and the lowest in Western Africa (6.1 and 3.8, respectively). [27]

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