Statistics and Indicators

Cancer survival - bowel cancer

  • Survival for bowel cancer has improved considerably over time. For the most recent period, 2003-2012, 5-year relative survival for persons for bowel cancer was 70.3%. This was a statistically significant improvement from 54.3% in the earliest period (1983-1992).
  • The improvement in bowel cancer survival over time is likely due to enhanced treatment and possibly early diagnosis of symptomatic cases. The recently commenced population screening for bowel cancer will hopefully contribute to further improvements in the years to come.

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