Colorectal Cancer Death Rates Soar In 3 Areas Of The U.S.


While the risk of death from colorectal cancer appears to be on a steep and steady decline across the U.S. over recent decades, there are three hot spots that currently exist. Area’s of concerns reside in Appalachia, eastern Virginia/N. Carolina and the rural south according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The study stated that the highest colon cancer death rates are seen in “the lower Mississippi Delta where rates were 40 percent higher vs. the rest of the nation ’09-’11.”

Appalachia and eastern Virginia/N. Carolina rates were “18 percent and 9 percent higher +/-”  These statistics were calculated via software that compared morbidity trends  by county from 1970 to 2011 by the American Cancer Society.

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