UK Bowel Cancer Figures
It has recently been reported that, compared to England, Wales is significantly behind when it comes to tackling bowel cancer, with more than 18 people per 100,000 dying each year from the disease in Wales, compared to 17 in England.
The difference between the two figures is compounded by the fact that more people are actually diagnosed with bowel cancer in Wales, with 50 per 1,000 of the population contracting the disease, compared to just 46 in England.
Worryingly however, Scotland fares much worse than either of these nations, with more than 21 people in every 1,000 sufferers dying from bowel cancer in Scotland each year. With the worst affected area being Glasgow, with 31 people per 100,000 dying every year from the disease.
The statistics have been released by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, as part of an interactive online map at www.bowelcancermap.org – showing how different areas of the UK compare to one another.
Beating Bowel Cancer said reasons for variations across the country could include low uptake of screening and a lack of awareness of symptoms.
Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “Too many people are dying from bowel cancer, no matter where they live. Deaths from bowel cancer could, and should, be much less common. Early diagnosis is key so today we are calling on people to take responsibility for their bowel cancer risk.
“People can give themselves a lifesaving chance by being aware of bowel cancer symptoms and taking part in bowel cancer screening when it is offered to them.”
Mr Flannagan said more must be done to improve survival rates.
He said: “It will be extremely important for local NHS organisations to examine information for their own areas and use it to inform potential changes in delivery of services. It is clear there is more work to be done and it is more important than ever that the measures outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy are implemented locally.”
Possible symptoms of bowel cancer include bleeding, abdominal pain and lumps in the belly.
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