Increase in bowel cancer cases 'no surprise'

We know the risk of bowel cancer increases as we get older and, since we're all living longer, it's no surprise to see that the number of people getting the disease is rising.

But when we look at these figures and take people's age into account, we still see that the risk of bowel cancer has gone up in men in the last 35 years.

It's important to find out what's behind the rise and what we can do about it.

– Professor Matthew Seymour, director of the National Cancer Research Network

Bowel cancer survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and our work is at the heart of this progress.

Our researchers have played a starring role in finding new ways to diagnose and treat bowel cancer - detecting the disease early is helping to save thousands of lives.

And many of the risk factors for bowel cancer are well understood: diet, weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

– Dr Julie Sharp, senior science information manager at Cancer Research UK

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Male bowel cancer cases soar

Bowel cancer rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, new figures have shown. In contrast, women have experienced a rise of only 6%, according to the report from Cancer Research UK.