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.
But staffers have recently raised concerns to hospital leaders about the program's direction under Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, its surgical director since 2016, according to the Chronicle and ProPublica. Morgan did not respond to requests for comment.