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Important Facts for Colorectal Cancer Deaths

Definition

Colorectal cancer deaths include all resident deaths where colorectal cancer was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.

Numerator

Number of colorectal cancer deaths (ICD-10: C18-C20 and C26.0)

Denominator

Total resident population

Why Is This Important?

"Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the country. Screening can reduce the number of deaths because the disease is very treatable if found early. However, one in three North Carolinians (33.4%) aged 50 or more years report they have never been screened (by sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy) for colorectal cancer." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

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Content updated: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:34:12 EST