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Bowel cancer risk ‘has increased significantly since 1970s’

28th July 2011

UK men and women are at a much greater risk of developing bowel cancer than was the case a generation ago, according to new research.

Figures released by Cancer Research UK have shown that the lifetime risk of contracting the disease among men has doubled from one in 29 to one in 15 since 1975, while the rate among females has also jumped to one in 19 from one in 26.

According to the research charity, this trend is attributable to increasing life expectancy, an ageing population and lifestyle changes in the last few decades.

However, it was also noted that survival rates for the disease have also increased substantially, thanks to earlier diagnosis, a wider variety of treatments and improvements in surgical techniques.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said the figures show the importance of taking part in bowel cancer screening when invited.

This comes after the organisation published research earlier this month showing the rising rates of cancer among middle-aged people in the UK since the 1970s.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800637431-ADNFCR

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