Men's bowel cancer rates rise by more than a quarter

Anna Seward - Apr 2013

New figures show that bowel cancer rates are on the rise in the UK, with men bearing the brunt of the increase.

There has been a major rise in the prevalence of bowel cancer in recent years, particularly among men, new figures show.

A report from Cancer Research UK reveals that bowel cancer rates have risen by almost 30 per cent among UK males over the past 35 years.

While just 45 in every 100,000 men were diagnosed with bowel cancer in the mid-70s, rates have risen by 29 per cent to 58 cases per 100,000 men in 2008-10.

At the same time, women have seen an increase of just six per cent in their rates of bowel cancer, with data for 2008-10 showing a rate of 37 cases per 100,000 women.

The figures also reveal that people in their 60s and 70s have experienced the most noticeable increase in bowel cancer diagnoses, with more than 23,000 cases now detected in this age group each year.

Professor Matthew Seymour, professor of gastrointestinal cancer medicine at the University of Leeds and director of the National Cancer Research Network, said: "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."

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