Health Indicator Report of Incidence of Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/ ^1^] Increases in colorectal cancer screening (which can include the removal of precancerous polyps), have led to decreases in colorectal cancer incidence.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 objective CA-9. Data for White, Black, and Asian/PI do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. *NJ 2020 data are considered preliminary and should not be used in trend analyses; an approximate 10% decrease in the number of cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 compared to 2019, is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients experienced difficulties scheduling medical appointments and cancer screening tests in 2020.
DefinitionAge-adjusted incidence rate of cancer of the colon and rectum per 100,000 standard population ICD-O-3 codes: C18.0-C20.9 (excl. types 9590-9992)
NumeratorNumber of new cases of invasive colorectal cancer diagnosed
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Healthy People Objective: Reduce invasive colorectal cancerU.S. Target: 39.9 new cases per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 39.7 new cases per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
Other Objectives'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-9''': Reduce the age-adjusted incidence rate of invasive colorectal cancer per 100,000 standard population to 39.7 for the total population, 39.8 among Whites, 41.2 among Blacks, 31.2 among Hispanics, and (revised) 21.6 among Asians.
How Are We Doing?The original Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets were met by 2018 for all populations except Hispanics. Additional years of data will be needed to determine if the decline in rates in 2020 was solely due to decreased screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evidence-based PracticesScreening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/ ^2^]
Available ServicesThe [http://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection] (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for colorectal cancer.
Health Program InformationNJDOH Cancer Initiatives: [http://nj.gov/health/ces]
Page Content Updated On 02/16/2023, Published on 07/06/2023