Colorectal cancer statistics

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Colorectal cancer is expected to be the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada in 2022 (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and the third leading cause of death from cancer in women.

To provide the most current cancer statistics, statistical methods are used to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2022:

  • 24,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This represents 10% of all new cancer cases in 2022.
  • 9,400 Canadians will die from colorectal cancer. This represents 11% of all cancer deaths in 2022.
  • 13,500 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 5,200 will die from it.
  • 10,800 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 4,200 will die from it.
  • On average, 67 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day.
  • On average, 26 Canadians will die from colorectal cancer every day.

Estimated Canadian colorectal cancer statistics (2022)

Category

Males

Females

New cases

13,500

10,800

Deaths

5,200

4,200

5-year net survival (estimates for 2015 to 2017)

66%

67%

Diagram of percentage of new colorectal cancer cases to all other new cancer cases, 2022
Diagram of percentage of new colorectal cancer cases to all other new cancer cases, 2022
Diagram of percentage of colorectal cancer deaths to all other cancer deaths, 2022
Diagram of percentage of colorectal cancer deaths to all other cancer deaths, 2022

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from colorectal cancer

It is estimated that about 1 in 14 Canadian men will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 34 will die from it.

It is estimated that about 1 in 18 Canadian women will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 40 will die from it.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.

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