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Mortality rates for colorectal cancer have declined over the past 2 decades and have had a steeper decline in the most recent time period (1.8% per year from 1985-2002 compared to 4.7% from 2002-2004). This decrease reflects improvements in early detection and treatment.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2008. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2008. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@nho/documents/document/2008cafffinalsecuredpdf.pdf

Reference

Title
Cancer Facts & Figures 2008
Publisher
American Cancer Society
Publication Date
2008
Authors
American Cancer Society
URL
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