Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Every year around 2,100 people under the age of 50 are diagnosed with the disease. Yet a misconception persists that bowel cancer is an older person’s disease.
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If you knew you could cut your risk of bowel cancer with just 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week, would you do it? This is all it would take, according to scientists, to reduce the chances of developing bowel cancer and yet two thirds of adults aren’t aware of this.
Our digestive systems can have a hard time over Christmas with all that rich food, irregular mealtimes, alcohol, late nights and stress. It’s not surprising that many of us start the new year feel a bit delicate in the digestive region.
One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. The disease claims over 16,000 lives a year in the UK, making it the second biggest cancer killer. It is most common in the over 50s, accounting for nine out of 10 new cases.
One in six deaths worldwide are due to cancer. In the UK, 359,734 cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2015. Cancer rates are continuing to rise and as more countries adopt Western lifestyles this is expected to skyrocket by as much as 54%. Global cancer rates are predicted to reach around 24 million by 2035.
As bowel cancer specialists, it is great to be able to report that bowel cancer survival rates in the UK have more than doubled in the last 40 years – up from 45% to 75% in adults overall. Survival rates have gone up 7% since 2012.
Detecting bowel cancer early can hugely increase your chance of survival. Nine out of ten cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught in the early stages before they have spread. Rapid detection of bowel cancer really does save lives.