Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

12:46 14 March in Diagnosis, doctor, Health, Medicine

As March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to provide some pertinent information and statistics regarding this all-too-common disease.


  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men (746,000 cases, 10.0% of the total) and the second in women (614,000 cases, 9.2% of the total) worldwide
  • Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the world
  • Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
  • 90% of new colon cancer cases occur in people 50 or older
  • The global burden of colorectal cancer (CRC) is expected to increase by 60% to more than 2.2 million new cases and 1.1 million deaths by 2030

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Signs and Symptoms

  • Change in bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or change in the consistency of your stool, often lasting longer than four weeks
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in stool
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss


WorldCare’s Medical Second Opinion (MSO) service has helped members with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer ensure that their diagnosis is correct and that they are on the optimal treatment plan. Our MSO service provides members with access to the leading medical expertise of over 20,000 specialists and sub-specialists at the top-ranked academic and research hospitals of The WorldCare Consortium®.  Multi-disciplinary teams of these specialists and sub-specialists (about four, on average) review a member’s case carefully, equipped with the latest clinical research and most advanced medical knowledge, providing diagnostic confirmation or modification along with optimal treatment pathways so patients can make the best decisions for their health care going forward. If you would like to offer the WorldCare MSO service as part of your value-added benefits or to help differentiate your insurance product from the competition, email

For over 25 years, WorldCare has helped members with serious medical conditions, such as colorectal cancer, find peace-of-mind by providing access to the cutting-edge knowledge of The WorldCare Consortium®. In fact, about 30 percent of cases reviewed by WorldCare are oncology cases. Being diagnosed with cancer is a scary and confusing experience. WorldCare helps members during this daunting and uncertain time by providing the information necessary to make the most efficacious healthcare choices possible.

If you are a member and would like to request service or if you are an employer, insurer, broker or TPA interested in offering our services, please contact us today.



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