There has been an alarming rise in five different types of cancers in Millennials over the past three decades.
The increase in bowel, kidney, uterus, gallbladder and pancreas cancers diagnosed in 30-39 year olds between 1991 and 2021 has been published in a new analysis snapshot by The Daffodil Centre.
More than 15 out of 100,000 Australians in the age bracket were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2021 compared to six in 100,000 30 years before – an increase of 153 per cent.
All five increases are strongly associated with deteriorating diets, obesity and physical inactivity, the Australian Financial Review reported.
Professor Graham Giles, a distinguished research fellow at the Cancer Council of Victoria, told the publication that Australia had a burgeoning epidemic of obesity with dire consequences.
“The efforts required to improve this would be similar in scope to those required to alter the course of the Titanic or ameliorate climate change,” he said.