3 April 2013
Bowel cancer has become increasingly prevalent in males over the past 35 years, a recent study by Cancer Research UK has found. The rate of bowel cancer among British men has risen 30 per cent, largely due to obesity and excessive consumption of red and processed meats.
Cancer Research UK released the figures to launch bowel cancer awareness month, which started on April 1st.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK, after lung cancer.
Director of the National Cancer Research Network, Matthew Seymour, partially attributed the rise to increased life expectancy. However, he added: “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.”
Bowel cancer is most common among men and women in their 60s and 70s.
The good news is that advancements in treatment have increased bowel cancer survival rates. Half of patients live at least ten years following their cancer diagnosis.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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