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Colon and rectum cancer (Colorectal cancer)

The incidence of cancer in colon and rectum is higher in Norway than in other European countries and the USA. This cancer is more frequent in developed countries, and there are definite indications that nutrition and lifestyle are risk factors (1).


In 2014, 4176 new cases of colorectal cancer were reported in Norway, 2811 cases in the colon and 1365 in the rectum/sigmoid. Secondary to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, colorectal cancer is the most common cancer forms in each sex. The average age at diagnosis is about 70 year.


Age-specific incidence of cancer in colon and rectum cancer, 2009–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway



Incidence of cancer in colon, 1954–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

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