About Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK, with 1 in 20 people developing it during their lifetime.
However 98% of people diagnosed will survive if the cancer is found early.

There are some key signs and symptoms that you need to look out for and you can reduce your risk of developing the cancer with simple lifestyle changes.

Key Facts

  • In 2015, lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer in the UK was 1 in 20.
  • Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK and the 2nd biggest cause of cancer deaths. The earlier bowel cancer is detected, the better the chances of survival.
  • Most bowel cancers start as non-cancerous fleshy growths—called polyps—on the inside of the bowel.
  • Bowel cancer screening can also find polyps which can be removed—reducing your risk of developing bowel cancer.
Have you received a screening pack? Learn more about how to complete and return it.



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