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Bowel cancer statistics

Bowel Stats Doughnut

  • 41,581 people in the UK were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011.
  • There were 16,187 deaths from bowel cancer in the UK in 2012.
  • Around 55% of adult bowel cancer patients (54% of men and 56% of women) in England survived their cancer for five years or more in 2005-2009.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Facts for a summary of the main stats and information. 

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, Survival, Risk Factors, and Screening.

Download our publications about these statistics:

Use our local cancer statistics tool to find and compare statistics information and intelligence about cancer in areas across the UK. 

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

The ICD codes for bowel cancer incidence and mortality are ICD-10 C18-C20 (which includes cancers of the colon, rectum and rectosigmoid junction).

The ICD codes for bowel cancer survival are ICD-10 C18-C20 and C21.8. The ICD code for colon cancer is ICD-10 C18. The ICD codes for rectal cancer are ICD-10 C19-C20 and C21.8.

Bowel cancer is sometimes called colorectal cancer and some data include anal cancer.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages and co-morbidities. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our CancerHelp UK pages

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available. 


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 17 September 2014