Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.
The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States are for 2010:1. 102,900 new cases of colon cancer (49,470 in men and 53,430 in women)
2. 39,670 new cases of rectal cancer (22,620 in men and 17, 050 in women)
Overall, the lifetime risk in men for developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 19 (5.2%), and is slightly lower for women (1 in 20).
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths when men and women are considered separately, and is the second leading cause when the sexes are combined.