Louisiana has the 4th highest incidence and 3rd highest death (mortality) rate of colorectal cancer in the U.S. (Figure 1 & Figure 2). 

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Louisiana’s colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates are statistically significantly higher than the rest of the country: In 2011-2015:   

  • 46.5 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, while the national average was 39.4 per 100,000.

  • An average of 17.5 Louisiana residents per 100,000 died each year from this disease, while the national average was 14.5 deaths per 100,000.

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Acadiana, Southwest, Central, Southeast, Northwest, and Northeast, Louisiana have the highest colorectal cancer death rates in the state (Figure 3 & Figure 4).

Colorectal cancer is an equal-opportunity killer, with Louisiana white men, white women, black men and black women having significantly higher colorectal cancer incidence and death rates than the rest of the country (Figure 5 & Figure 6).

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Colorectal cancer is one of the more expensive cancers to treat and rising. That means people pay higher health insurance premiums, as well as taxes. 

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These estimated and projected costs of care by age, gender and phase of care (per patient) through the year 2020. They were calculated separately for multiple cancer sites using the most recent available U.S. population projections, cancer incidence, survival, and cost of care data (Figure 7).1


More information on cancer incidence and mortality is available from the Louisiana Tumor Registry (http://sph.lsuhsc.edu/data-use). Statistics other than what this site offers can be requested using the form on the Louisiana Tumor Registry website.

1. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Prevalence and Cost of Care Projections.