Created 8th September 2004

About Colon Cancer



Eight out of ten Brits would rather sit on their bowel cancer symptoms than act upon them, acccording to recent research (UEGF IPSOS Survey 2003).

Is it our stiff upper lip that makes us so backward at coming forward about bowel matters? Or is it ignorance and fear?

  • Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK
  • Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer affecting both men and women in the UK
  • Every year over 35,000 people in this country are diagnosed with the disease - that's someone every 15 minutes
  • Every year nearly 16,000 people die from bowel cancer – claiming a life every 30 minutes
  • If caught in the earlier stages bowel cancer is very treatable
  • Approximately 5% of all bowel cancers in the UK are hereditary
  • Although 90% of all people diagnosed are over 55 (average age 70) a significant minority are younger
  • If you have any concerns don't hesitate to call the CCC Infoline on 08708 50 60 50


  • Persistent change in your bowel habit
  • Blood or mucus in your stools
  • Extreme tiredness without an obvious cause
  • Unexplained pain or a lump in your abdomen

Remember, don’t feel awkward – get in touch with your GP. In the majority of cases, bowel problems will turn out not to be cancer.

Based on a CCC Press Release: AUGUST 2004

NOTE: Special Thanks to Claire Jagot at CCC Press Office

For further information on bowel cancer please visit the CCC
website or call the CCC Infoline on 08708 50 60 50