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Bowel cancer Key Facts

Bowel Stats DoughnutKey messages on incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for bowel cancer are given here. Also discussed is screening.

More comprehensive information and statistics for bowel cancer is here: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and screening.

The latest statistics available for bowel cancer are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012, and survival 2005-2009. Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

 

How common is bowel cancer?

Read more in-depth bowel cancer incidence statistics.

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section updated 29/05/14

 

How many people survive bowel cancer?

Read more in-depth bowel cancer survival statistics.

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section updated 12/07/12

 

How many people die from bowel cancer?

Read more in-depth bowel cancer mortality statistics.

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What causes bowel cancer?

Read more in-depth bowel cancer risk factors.

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Screening for bowel cancer

  • The NHS Bowel Screening Programme began in England in 2006, Scotland in 2007, Wales in 2008 and in Northern Ireland in 2010.
  • It’s predicted that the bowel screening programme will save over 2,000 lives each year by 2025.

Read more in-depth bowel cancer screening and prevention.

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section updated 23/03/11

Bowel cancer statistics table

BOWEL CANCER STATISTICS Males Females Persons Country Year3
Number of new cases per year 23,171 18,410 41,581 UK 2011
Incidence rate per 100,000 population1 58.0 37.6 47.0
Number of deaths per year 8,795 7,392 16,187 UK 2012
Mortality rate per 100,000 population1 20.5 13.0 16.3
One-year survival rate - colon cancer2 73.0% 72.2% 73.6% England 2005-2009
One-year survival rate - rectal cancer2 78.8% 78.8% 78.8%
Five-year survival rate - colon cancer2 54.4% 55.1% 54.8% England 2005-2009
Five-year survival rate - rectal cancer2 54.6% 57.6% 55.8%
Ten-year survival rate - colon cancer2 50.1% 50.8% 50.4% England 2007
(predicted)
Ten-year survival rate - rectal cancer2 47.3% 52.1% 49.3%

1. European age-standardised    2. Adults diagnosed    3. Latest statistics available

More detailed bowel cancer statistics can be found using these links: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors and screening.

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Updated: 17 September 2014