- 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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