Bowel cancer deaths drop by a third in 20 years
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Today Cancer Research UK has released statistics showing the rate of people dying from bowel cancer in the UK has plummeted by more than 30 per cent in the last 20 years.
Bowel cancer was responsible for 38 deaths per 100,000 people in 1995, falling to 26 deaths per 100,000 people by 2015. The drop in rates, taking into account changing population figures, equates to a decrease in bowel cancer deaths from 17,600 in 1995 to 15,800 in 2015.
Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, says:
“It is positive news that fewer people are dying from bowel cancer now than 20 years ago. However bowel cancer remains the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and it shouldn’t be. The disease is preventable, treatable and curable so there is still more to be done to ensure thousands of lives are not needlessly lost every year.”
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