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Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthPublished: ()
Cancer is a disease that occurs when the body’s cells do not develop, function and reproduce normally resulting in lumps or tumours that can invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body. Colorectal cancer
Colorectal canceris a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the colon or rectum, most often in the cell walls that line them. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine and digestive system responsible for absorbing water and nutrients from food and eliminating wastes.
The Public Health Agency of Canada monitors national cancer patterns and outcomes and produces needed information for cancer prevention and control programs, to help reduce the burden of cancer in Canada.
An estimated 26,800 colorectal cancers were diagnosed in 2017. With an aging and growing Canadian population, the number of colorectal cancers is expected to exceed 35,000 in 2030. That’s the total population of Nunavut. [CCS, 2017]
Roughly 9,400 Canadian deaths were caused by colorectal cancer in 2017. [CCS, 2017]
In 2008, the estimated direct health care costs (drugs, hospital and physician care) for colorectal cancer in Canada was $537,709,000. [EBIC, 2008]
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