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We report incidence, mortality and survival from colorectal cancer in South-east England using data from 162,022 incident cases and 97,697 deaths collected between 1972 and 2001 at the Thames Cancer Registry, which currently covers 14 million people. Overall, there was an increase in the incidence of colorectal cancer among men aged 50 years and over, and a decrease among the youngest age groups. In women, there was a clear decrease in incidence among those aged less than 60 years but a slight increase among those aged 60-79 years. Furthermore, there has been a steady decrease in mortality for all ages, larger in women than in men, and an increase in the 10-year relative survival for both sexes from just over 30% among those followed-up during 1981-1986 to just over 45% among those followed-up during 1997-2001.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur J Cancer Prev

Publication Date





10 - 16


Adult, Age Distribution, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Colorectal Neoplasms, England, Female, Humans, Incidence, Male, Middle Aged, Registries, Sex Distribution, Survival Analysis