Spotlight on Bowel Cancer

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Key statistics

  • In the UK, the lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer is 1 in 14 for men and 1 in 19 for women, with an average 10-year survival rate of 57%.
  • Cases of bowel cancer have risen in the UK since the 1970s by 14% with half of that increase occurring in the past 10 years. However, death rates have also fallen by around 14% since the 1970s.
  • Although bowel cancer remains the third most common cancer in both men and women, the disease is diagnosed in more men (23,500 compared to 18,300 women in 2012).
  • According to Cancer Research UK, just over half of all bowel cancer cases (54%) are thought to be avoidable, with major lifestyle choices such as eating red and processed meat, obesity, alcohol and smoking contributing to the statistic.
  • It is predicted that 2.4 million cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed annually by 2035.

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