In 2014, there were an estimated 1,317,247 people living with colon and rectum cancer in the United States.The earlier colon and rectum cancer is caught, the better chance a
person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. 39.4% are diagnosed at the local stage and the 5-year
survival for localized colon and rectum cancer is 90.1%. The number of colon and rectum cancer deaths is highest among people aged 75-84. Colon and rectum cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Death rates have been falling on average 2.7% each year over 2004-2013. (18)
Around half of the local relapses occur within 2 years and 2/3 within 3 years after surgery. Relapses after 5 years is very seldom, but may appear after preoperative irradiation.
Most relapses appear as distant metastases. Local relapses are found in around 5%.
Five-year relative survival of patients with cancer in the rectum and colon, in percent during the diagnosis period 1974–2013.
Source: Cancer Registry of Norway