Is rectal cancer more common in men or women?

Updated: Apr 06, 2021
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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The incidence of colorectal malignancy is slightly higher in males than in females. The overall age-adjusted incidence of colorectal cancer in all races was 44.2 per 100,000 for males and 33.9 per 100,000 for females in 2012-2016, yielding a male-female ratio of 1.30:1. Mortality rates for colorectal cancer were also higher in males (16.9 per 100,000) than in females (11.9 per 100,000) in 2012-2016 [13]  


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