The American Cancer Society estimated that 136,830 people would be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and 50,310 people would die from the disease in 2014.
The Healthy People 2020 Initiative has set a goal to reduce colorectal cancer deaths by 10 percent. Although that still represents 161.4 deaths per 100,000 population, it is an improvement over the 2007 baseline when there were 179.3 cancer deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population).
Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates* by State, 2011†
Light Green (32.5 to 37.6)
Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming
Medium Green (37.7 to 40.0)
California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin
Medium Blue (40.1 to 42.6)
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee
Dark Blue (42.7 to 48.9)
District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and West Virginia
Light Gray (Data not available‡)
*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
‡Rates are not shown if the state did not meet USCS publication criteria or if the state did not submit data to CDC.
†Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014. Available at: www.cdc.gov/uscs.