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What Are the 5-Year Survival Rates for People With Colorectal Cancer?

If colorectal cancer is caught early, the 5-year survival rate is very good. For cancer caught at a later stage, the 5-year rate is less favorable.

Here are the 5-year survival rates for colorectal cancer according to the National Cancer Institute.

  • For people whose cancer is found before it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs, the 5-year survival rate is 90 percent.

  • The 5-year survival rate for colorectal cancer that has spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes is 70 percent.

  • Once colorectal cancer has spread to distant organs such as�the liver or�lungs, the 5-year survival rate is 12 percent.

These numbers are adjusted to account for the fact that some people with colorectal cancer may die from other causes.�Keep in mind survival rates do not predict what will happen to someone. No two people are exactly the same. Treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly.