At the time of his diagnosis, both Fred and Diane Slape believed the cancers were the result of his having worked next to an open burn pit during both his tours to Afghanistan as a mechanic. The doctors told them that the cancers were normally seen in patients in their 70s or 80s.
The increasing popularity of alcohol alongside processed foods and sedentary lifestyles are also factors that have contributed to a rise in colorectal cancers above the level expected from population growth alone.
Australia and New Zealand have some of the highest rates of cancer diagnosis, the audit found.
“While the increase in lung, colorectal, and skin cancers over the past decade is concerning, the prevention potential is substantial,” said Dr Christina Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington..