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Bowel cancer Key Stats

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 2010-2011. 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.

section reviewed 29/05/14
section updated 29/05/14

 

How many people die from bowel cancer?

Read more in-depth bowel cancer mortality statistics.

section reviewed 17/09/14
section updated 17/09/14

 

How many people survive bowel cancer?

  • Five-year survival rates for bowel cancer have more than doubled over the last forty years.
  • Almost 6 in 10 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer will survive their disease for at least ten years.
  • People diagnosed with bowel cancer are now more than twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years, compared with those diagnosed in the early 1970s.
  • Research suggests more than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Read more in-depth bowel cancer survival statistics.

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section updated 01/12/14

 

What causes bowel cancer?

  • A person’s risk of developing bowel cancer depends on many factors, including age, genetics, and exposure to risk factors (including some potentially avoidable lifestyle factors).
  • An estimated 54% of bowel cancers in the UK are linked to lifestyle factors including meat consumption (21%), overweight and obesity (13%), alcohol (12%), smoking (8%) and ionising radiation (2%).
  • Fibre consumption and physical activity protect against bowel cancer (inadequate levels are linked to an estimated 12% and 3% respectively of bowel cancer cases in the UK).
  • Asbestos exposure, other dietary intakes, and certain medical conditions and infections may relate to higher bowel cancer risk.

Read more in-depth bowel cancer risk factors.

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section updated 01/12/14

 

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 net survival2 77.4% 73.9% 73.9% England & Wales 2010-2011
Five-year net survival2 59.2% 58.2% 58.2% 2010-2011
(predicted)
Ten-year net survival2 56.0% 57.2% 56.6%

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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section updated 01/12/14

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Updated: 1 December 2014