Bowel cancer drug funding fears

As many as 6,500 bowel cancer patients could be denied access to life-extending drugs when a cash pot to pay for them ceases to exist at the end of the year, a charity has warned.

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Male bowel cancer on the increase

  • Bowel cancer rates among men have soared by more than a quarter in the last 35 years, Cancer Research UK have said.
  • Incidence of the disease has climbed from 45 cases per 100,000 men in 1975-77 to 58 cases in 2008-10.
  • Over the same time period, rates for women have increased only slightly from 35 to 37 per 100,000.
  • Increasing rates of bowel cancer may be linked to obesity and diets high in red and processed meat and low in fibre.
  • Another key factor is the increasing age of the population.
  • But why there should be such a stark difference between men and women is still unknown.
  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK after lung cancer.

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