Thanks to education, detection & prevention...  

Outcomes have been improving for several decades.


What is it?

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body.


3rd most common cancer

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 estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2016 are:

  • 95,270 new cases of colon cancer

  • 39,220 new cases of rectal cancer

Men vs. Women

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is:

  • about 1 in 21 (4.7%) for men

  • about 1 in 23 (4.4%) for women

38th in the Nation

In 2012, Nebraska ranked 38th in the nation in prevalence of colorectal cancer screenings among adults age 50 and over. 

  • Only 62.1% of Nebraskans over 50 get screened

  • one of the lowest rates in the country.



Thanks to colon cancer screening, the death rate for colon cancer has been declining and the Task Force hopes to see this continue through their educational and awareness efforts.

For more information on Colon Cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at