bowel cancer statistics
Over 40,000(1) men and
women are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, making
it the third most common cancer; that's someone every 15
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in
the UK and over 15,700(2) people
die each year; that's someone every 30 minutes
95% of all diagnoses are in people over the age of 50
Bowel Cancer is very treatable especially if diagnosed at
an early stage, with a survival rate of more than 90%
over five years.
In 2005-2009 54% of men and 56% of women in England survived
their bowel cancer for 5 years or more.
Bowel Cancer Diagnosis, Number of Cases, UK
Bowel Cancer Deaths, UK, 2010(4)
Bowel cancer is very treatable if diagnosed early. However,
currently only 9% of patients in the UK are diagnosed at the very
earliest stage of the disease, known as Dukes A. It is estimated
that approximately 90% of these 9% of patients will survive the
disease for five years or more.
Five year survival rates are lower for patients diagnosed at
later stages of the disease. About 77% of patients diagnosed at the
next stage, Dukes B, survive for five years or more compared with
about 47% at Dukes. Less than 10% of patients diagnosed at Dukes D
survive five years or more.
Dukes stage: Five Year Relative Survival*
||% of cases
||Five Year Survival
* Relative survival takes into account the fact
that the person may have died even if they did not have cancer; it
is relative to the rest of the population.
The roll-out of the bowel cancer screening programme will
increase the number of patients diagnosed in the earlier stages of
the disease. It is estimated that by 2025 more than 2000 lives each
year could be saved as a result of the bowel cancer screening
1 Based on latest statistics available: Number
of new cases (2010)
2 Based on latest statistics available: Number of deaths
3 Cancer Research UK,
4Cancer research UK,
5 National Cancer Intelligence Network Data Briefing, 2009.
Colorectal Cancer Survival by Stage. [online] Available at http://www.ncin.org.uk/publications/data_briefings/colorectal_cancer_survival_by_stage.aspx
[Accessed 27 June 2011]
6 Parkin, D.M., Tappenden, P., Olsen, A.H., Patnick, J., Sasieni,
P., Predicting the impact of the screening programme for colorectal
cancer in the UK. Journal of Medical Screening, 2008. 15: p.
Last updated 3rd April 2013