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Colorectal Cancer Facts

  • Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario. It is also the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men after lung cancer and third most common cause of cancer deaths in women after lung and breast cancers.
  • In 2015, an estimated 9,200 Ontarians (about 5,100 men and 4,100 women) were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 3,350 Ontarians (1,850 men and 1,500 women) died from the disease.
  • Research shows that almost 70 percent of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer have no family history of the disease. This is why it is important that all men and women aged 50 to 74 years get screened.

Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

There are some factors that increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Some risks cannot be changed, such as age and family history. There are also risk factors that can be changed. The following actions may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer:

  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Be physically active as part of everyday life.
  • Eat a diet high in fibre (including vegetables and fruit).
  • Quit smoking and stop using tobacco products.
  • Get screened!
Last modified: Mon, May 02, 2016
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