New Colorectal Cancer data
In Minnesota, colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosis among males and females and the 2nd-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. To view data on the incidence of colorectal cancer in Minnesota, see: Colorectal Cancer: Facts & Figures, newly added to the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal.
Data on the incidence of colorectal cancer in Minnesota can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer prevention initiatives, like colorectal cancer screening. Increasing colorectal cancer screening is one of the objectives found in the Minnesota Cancer Alliance's Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016. More Minnesotans die of colon and rectum cancer than either breast or prostate cancer. However, improvements in colorectal cancer screening mean that polyps are being found and removed before developing into cancer or found earlier when the disease is easier to cure.
Minnesota Public Health Data Access is updated and maintained by the MN Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (MN EPHT) under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MN EPHT developed these maps in collaboration with the MN Cancer Surveillance System.
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