Bowel Cancer Deaths Halve

Deaths from bowel cancer have almost halved over the past 40 years in England, new official figures have shown. Mortality rates from colorectal cancer decreased by 47% for women and by 35% for men between 1971 and 2008, according to the Office of National Statistics.

In 2008, approximately 7,200 men and 6,100 women died from colorectal cancer in England. The figures also show that survival rates for colorectal cancer have doubled since 1971.