Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Bowel Cancer Statistics


My mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. The primary cancer in the bowel was successfully operated on, but unfortunately since then she has had secondary cancer on her left lung and more recently on the brain. Mum was diagnosed fairly quickly and has had great treatment on the NHS. Her battle with this awful illness continues.

The idea behind me publishing the Lives & Times fundraising book was to raise funds for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity, and to raise awareness about bowel cancer. Here are the basic facts...
  • Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer – every half an hour someone dies of the disease 
  • Each year around 16,000 people die of bowel cancer In the UK around 41,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year 
  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK 
  • Around 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, that’s someone every 15 minutes 
  • Bowel cancer affects both men and women 
  • If diagnosed early, more than 90% of bowel cancer cases can be treated successfully 
  • Five year survival rates for bowel cancer have doubled over the last 40 years
  • The majority (95%) of bowel cancer cases occur in people over 50, but it can affect anyone of any age 
  • Your lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer is 1 in 16. For men it’s 1 in 14 and for women 1 in 19
ALL proceeds raised from sales of the book are donated to the charity. To see how you can buy the book click here.

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