Chart of the day: Some good news for a change


Even before screening for colorectal cancer became a standard part of the physician’s tool kits, the disease had begun to fall and rates have continued to decline since the testing became routine. Nobody knows why.

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

Colorectal-Cancer Mortality [Top] and Stage-Specific Incidence [Bottom] among People 50 Years of Age or Older in the United States, 1975–2012. Data are from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program 9 and are  age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. Total incidence is the sum of local, regional, and metastatic incidence.

Colorectal-Cancer Mortality [Top] and Stage-Specific Incidence [Bottom] among People 50 Years of Age or Older in the United States, 1975–2012. Data are from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program 9 and are age- adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. Total incidence is the sum of local, regional, and metastatic incidence.

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