Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 12% of all new cancer cases (2015).[1-4]
In males in the UK, bowel cancer is the 3rd most common cancer (13% of all new male cancer cases). In females in the UK it is the 3rd most common cancer (11% of all new female cancer cases).
55% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are in males, and 45% are in females.
Bowel cancer incidence rates (
Bowel Cancer (C18-C20), Number of New Cases, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2015
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||83.4||84.4||84.8||84.1||84.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||85.8||92.2||94.7||98.3||86.4|
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||56.0||57.3||53.7||51.9||56.3|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||57.7||63.0||60.9||62.1||58.0|
|AS Rate - 95% LCI||68.7||70.0||68.9||68.4||69.2|
|AS Rate - 95% UCI||70.2||74.7||74.8||76.9||70.6|
For bowel cancer, like most cancer types, differences between countries largely reflect risk factor prevalence in years past.
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, July 2017. 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, August 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Publications.
- Data were provided by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales on request, October 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, July 2017. Similar data can be found here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/.
About this data
Data is for UK, 2015, ICD-10 C18-C20.