Bowel Cancer

The incidence rate for bowel cancer in the UK is slightly better than in Europe - 45.4 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 46.3 per 100,000 on average in Europe. In comparison to the other EURO4 countries, the UKs incidence rate is lower than all other countries apart from France, which has the lowest incidence rate.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Large bowel cancer mortality rate in the UK is 16.8 per 100,000 of the population compared to 18.4 per 100,000 on average in Europe. The UK is among the ten European countries with the lowest mortality rate for this type of cancer. Among the EURO4 countries, the UK performs better than France and Germany for the large bowel cancer mortality rate.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

The bowel cancer five-year survival rate in the UK is around 4% lower than the European average of 55%. In comparison to the other EURO4 countries, the UK has the worst survival rate for this type of cancer.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Patient Experience

According to the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which surveys over 100,000 cancer patients in the UK, bowel cancer patients rated their speed of diagnosis worse than patients with other types of cancer. 14.4% of bowel cancer patients surveyed stated that they should have received access to the appropriate diagnostic tests sooner.