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Do a lot of people get rectal cancer?
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Relatively, yes
Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States.
It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600).

In brief: Relatively, yes
Colon and rectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the United States.
It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths. Estimates for 2012 are 103, 170 colon & 40, 290 rectal cancer. Overall there is a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of developing colon or rectal cancer. Rectal cancers alone are relatively common. In comparison, rectal cancer is as common as leukemia (44, 600).
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