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.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer with around 110 new diagnoses every day (or around 41,700 a year). The disease occurs most commonly in people aged between 85 and 89, although it can affect people of any age. Incidence rates for bowel cancer have remained fairly constant since the early 1990s and…
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases which occur when the intestines become inflamed. If you suffer from the condition, which produces a range of unpleasant symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach pain, cramping and bloating, bleeding ulcers, weight loss and anaemia, the latest research findings may make interesting reading.
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.
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.