Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 11% of all new cancer cases (2016-2018).[1-4]
In females in the UK, bowel cancer is the 3rd most common cancer (10% of all new female cancer cases). In males in the UK, it is the 3rd most common cancer (12% of all new male cancer cases).
44% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are in females, and 56% are in males.
Bowel cancer incidence rates (European age-standardised
For bowel cancer, like most cancer types, differences between countries largely reflect risk factor prevalence in years past.
Bowel Cancer (C18-C20), Average Number of New Cases Per Year, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2016-2018
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||55.3||60.1||54.2||58.6||56.0|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||56.3||63.4||58.2||64.6||56.9|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||82.9||86.6||87.7||84.7||83.9|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||84.3||91.0||93.3||92.7||85.2|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||68.1||72.4||70.3||71.2||68.9|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||68.9||75.1||73.7||76.0||69.7|
Data were provided by the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (part of Public Health England), on request through the Office for Data Release, July 2021. Similar data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/cancerregistrationstatisticsengland/previousReleases
Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, April 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
Data were published by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/welsh-cancer-intelligence-and-surveillance-unit-wcisu/cancer-incidence-in-wales-2002-2018/, March 2021.
Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, May 2020. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2016-2018, ICD-10 C18-C20.