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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.

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Bowel cancer statistics

  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK after lung cancer.
  • Incidence of the disease has climbed from 45 cases per 100,000 men in 1975-77 to 58 cases in 2008-10, a rise of 29%, said the report.
  • Over the same time period, rates for women have increased only slightly from 35 to 37 per 100,000.
  • The biggest rise has been seen among people aged in their 60s and 70s, who now account for 23,000 new cases each year.
  • However, bowel cancer survival is improving, with half of all patients living for at least 10 years after being diagnosed.
  • The figures have been released to mark bowel cancer awareness month and the launch of a new campaign by the Bobby Moore Fund.

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