Colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and in women, is projected to cause 52,280 deaths this year, according to the American Cancer Society.
1. The society is forecasting 106,180 new colon cancer cases and 44,850 new rectal cancer cases this year.
2. In 2021, there was a significant increase in advanced-stage colorectal cancer and precancerous growths, called polyps, in adults of all ages compared with 2020. The spike has been attributed to patients delaying care during the COVID-19 pandemic.