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How common is rectal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Rectal cancer is more common in adults past middle age than in younger adults or children. In the United States, about 150,000 people are diagnosed with cancers of the rectum or colon every year. About 50,000 people in the United States die from rectal or colon cancer each year.

Rectal cancer is less common than colon cancer, and there are about 39,000 separate cases every year.

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