Study Finds Sharp Rise in Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer Rates Among Young Adults

Saturday 16th September 2017
Mr J Shabbir, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK accounting for almost 11% of all new cancers. It is slightly more common among men with a male to female ratio of12:10. Around 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day in the UK, that's someone every 15 minutes. Bowel cancer incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older males and females. In the UK in 2012-2014, on average each year more than 4 in 10 (44%) cases were diagnosed in people aged 75 and over. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in Feb 2017 found that new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer are occurring at…

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