By 2025, bowel cancer mortality could be reduced by 60% in the UK
According to a new report, the UK Government is going to reduce bowel cancer deaths by 60%, i.e. from 18 to 7 in 100,000 people, by 2025.
Nowadays, bowel cancer is the second largest cancer killer in the UK with an overall 5-year survival rate of just over 50% of those who are diagnosed. Bowel Cancer UK also aims that an additional 2,500 people with bowel cancer, per year, live for at least 5 years after diagnosis by 2025.
The charitable organization wants to increase the proportion of early stage diagnoses of bowel cancer and make better survival rates of those with advanced stages of bowel cancer.
CEO of Bowel Cancer UK, Deborah Alsina, declared: ‘We want to dramatically improve outcomes for people affected by bowel cancer, minimizing the disease's impact and helping people lead longer, healthier and happier lives. We have a duty to save more lives and the proposals outlined in this report should be the Government's absolute minimum goal. We look forward to working with the government, NHS and other charities to help save more lives from the UK's second biggest cancer killer.’