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About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States. The colon and rectum are parts of the digestive system, which is also called the gastrointestinal or GI system. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that about 147,830 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in 20101. An estimated 51,370 deaths will occur in 2010 from colorectal cancer, making this the third overall leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. There continues to be a decline noted in the mortality rates reported by ACS for both men and women over the past two decades. The decrease is a reflection of improvements in early detection and treatment options.

1Retrieved August 9, 2010: http://www.cancer.org/Research/CancerFactsFigures/CancerFactsFigures/cancer-facts-and-figures-2010