Although rates of new cases have steadily declined over the past two decades, colorectal cancer remains the third leading cause of death among all cancers in the United States. Rates of colorectal cancers are highest in African American men and women, and increase significantly after the age of 85. Currently, the overall five-year survival rate for the cancer is 65%, however, in the case of advanced metastatic tumors, the five-year survival rate is 14%.
On average, Americans currently spend around 11 hours a day sitting and research suggests that only about 20% of adults are meeting physical activity guidelines. The trend toward increasingly sedentary lifestyles is becoming a significant public health issue, resulting in an estimated $24 billion in direct medical spending. Research has long shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart disease and decreases life span. However, despite being linked to a number of chronic health conditions, long periods of sitting and inactivity are only increasing with growing technology and media consumption.