Help us to stop bowel cancer

Facts and figures

Here are some facts and figures to help you report on bowel cancer accurately and clearly.

  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, after breast, prostate and lung cancers.
  • Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s over 41,000 people every year.
  • More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (58%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect any age. More than 2,400 people under 50 are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year.
  • 1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.
  • Around 290,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
  • Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However this drops significantly as the disease develops.
  • More than nine out of ten people diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer survive five years or more after diagnosis. However this drops significantly as the disease develops

    More than eight out of ten people with stage 2 bowel cancer,

    More than six out of ten people with stage 3 cancer, and

    Less than one in ten people with stage 4 cancer survive for five years or more.
  • There is only a small chance that bowel cancer will come back after five years.
  • Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK, behind lung cancer.
  • 16,200 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year. That’s more than 44 people every day.
  • Every 30 minutes in the UK someone dies from bowel cancer.