Colorectal Cancer Data


To monitor colorectal cancer trends and screening rates, as part of a larger effort to reduce deaths from this disease.

Key Information

Newly diagnosed tumors, deaths from colorectal cancer, and self-reported cancer screening rates by age, gender and race.

Collection Periods

Death data since 1969; newly diagnosed cancers since 1987; cancer screening since 1997.

Rhode Island Numbers

  • Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Rhode Island with an average rate of 42.3 new cases per 100,000 population in the period from 2007 to 2011.
  • From 1997 to 2011 cancer screening rates for adults over 50 nearly doubled (from 42% to 75%), during this period the rate of new cancer diagnoses was nearly cut in half (from 79 to 40 per 100,000).


National Center for Health Statistics

  • Rhode Island has a lower rate of newer cancer cases for blacks than whites (39 compared to 48 per 100,000 population for the 2005-2009 time period). The national rate for white is slightly higher, for blacks it is much lower (45 compared to 57 per 100,000 for the same time period).
  • The rate of colon cancer increases sharply as people age. In Rhode Island the rate for 20 and 30 year olds was 5.5, and for those over 80 it is 332.5 people per 100,000 population in that age group.