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How common is stage 2 rectal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Rectal cancer is more common in adults past middle age than in younger adults or children--it is most frequently diagnosed in people ages 65-74. However, recent data show that while rates of colorectal cancer have declined in adults 50 and older, they have actually risen for those under 50. In the United States, around 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the rectum annually. About 50,000 people in the United States die from rectal or colon cancer each year. Early detection prevents many of the diagnosed cases from progressing as far as stage 2.

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