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What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is a general term for cancers that are located in the areas of the colon (colon cancer) and the rectum (rectal cancer). It is the 4th most common cancer in the UK after breast, prostate and lung cancer and responsible for over 42,000 new cases in the UK per year, of which 56 % were in men and 44 % in women, accounting for 12 % of all new cancer cases.* The following overview shows the mortality for common cancers, broken down by sex: *

*Cancer Research UK (2016) [Online] Available at:, Accessed January 2020.

* Office for National Statistics (2019) Cancer registration statistics, England: 2017.

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