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Important Facts for Colorectal Cancer Incidence


The rate of colon cancer incidence in Utah per 100,000 population. [Cancer sites include Colon, Rectum, and Rectosigmoid Junction.]


The number of incidents of colon cancer among Utah residents for a given time period. [Cancer sites include Colon, Rectum, and Rectosigmoid Junction.]


The population of Utah or U.S. for a specific time period.

Why Is This Important?

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cancer found in men and women in the U.S. According to American Cancer Society Surveillance Research, it is estimated that there will be 135,430 new cases of colorectal cancer in the U.S. during 2017. ^1^ Thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. Through screening colorectal cancer can be found earlier when it is easier and more effective to treat. [[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. []

Healthy People Objective C-9:

Reduce invasive colorectal cancer
U.S. Target: 39.9 new cases per 100,000 population

Other Objectives

Utah Cancer Action Network Target for Change:[[br]] Reduce the rate of colorectal cancer diagnosed at an advanced (regional or distant) stage among adults ages 50 to 74.[[br]] '''Utah 2020 Target:''' 32 per 100,000 population

How Are We Doing?

Utah's rate of colorectal cancer has currently reached an all time low in 2014 (30.0 per 100,000 population). Utah women were less likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer than men. From 2012-2014 there were 78.2 diagnosed cases of colorectal cancer per 100,000 females aged 50+ compared to 96.8 cases per 100,000 males aged 50+. Among Utah Health districts, between 2012-2014 TriCounty Health District had the highest rates of colorectal cancer incidence at 49.0 per 100,000 persons and Summit County Health District had the lowest at 18.7 per 100,000 persons.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah's rate of colorectal cancer is currently and has been historically significantly lower than the U.S. In 2013, Utah's rate of colorectal cancer was 32.1 per 100,000 persons (age-adjusted) compared to the U.S. rate of 38.4 per 100,000 persons (age-adjusted).

What Is Being Done?

Screening for colorectal cancer has recently been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a priority public health issue. The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) monitors the use of colorectal cancer screening tests by Utahns through the statewide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is conducted annually.

Health Program Information

From 2009-2015, the UCCP received a CDC grant to begin offering colorectal cancer screenings to low-income and uninsured Utahns. In addition to the screening program, monies were used for educational and promotional activities. Education efforts serve to increase awareness about colorectal cancer and promote screening and early detection for Utahns aged 50 and older. In addition, the Utah Department of Health initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN), a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, skin cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship advocacy.
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:28 MDT