Bowel cancer preventability statistics
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK.
Bowel cancer incidence
In 2013, 42,222 cases of bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, were diagnosed. Of these cancer cases, 23,353 were in men and 18,869 were in women.
Bowel cancer mortality
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. In 2013, there were 16,283 deaths from bowel cancer.
Of these deaths, 8,786 were men and 7,497 were women.
Smoking is a risk factor for bowel cancer. But scientists also estimate the following proportion of bowel cancer cases could be prevented in the UK through healthy changes:
|Lifestyle factor||Increase or decrease risk?||Approximate % preventable|
|Foods containing fibre||Decrease||12|
|Physical activity (colon)||Decrease||12|
There is also convincing evidence that excess fat around the waist increases the risk of bowel cancer. The evidence also shows that diets high in calcium also probably reduce risk of bowel cancer.