Globally, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer making up about 10% of all cancer cases. In 2012 there were 1.4 million new cases and 694,000 deaths from colorectal cancer1. The 5-year survival rates in the United States are around 65%.
Colorectal cancer typically starts with a benign tumour
Colorectal cancer typically starts with a benign tumour, often in the form of a polyp, which over time becomes cancerous1. Treatment options are depending on the stage of the disease, overall health and preferences of the patient2. Standard treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination3.
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Wikipedia, last edited January 2018
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National Cancer Institute, updated December 2017