Created 8th September 2004

Colon Cancer Fact Sheet

Colon Cancer Concern
  • 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).
  • CCC’s Infoline: a confidential telephone information service giving advice on all aspects of bowel cancer to patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Call 08708 50 60 50


  • 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 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

A few simple lifestyle changes can help you reduce the risk of developing the disease.

  • Eating a healthy diet low in fat and high in fibre, including at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day
  • Drinking plenty of fresh fluids, water in particular
  • Getting to know your bowel pattern, so you know what’s normal for you
  • Taking up regular exercise to keep fit and healthy
  • Obesity is linked to bowel cancer: that’s a fact.

Based on a Press Release by "CCC" Dated: 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