Do you know that the rate of bowel cancer among men has risen by nearly 30% in the past 35 years? According to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, the incidence of bowel cancer among men “have climbed from 45 cases per 100,000 men in 1975-77 to 58 cases in 2008-10, an overall rise of 29 per cent”. Among females, the rate went up by a slight 6% margin from 35 per 100,000 women to 37 per 100,000 during the same period.
How common is the disease? It is more common than you think. In England, it is the second most common type of cancer among women (after breast cancer) and the third most common type of cancer among men (after prostate and lung cancer).