Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017 according to a major study.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the world's deadliest cancers, with an overall five-year survival rate of just five per cent in high, middle and low-income countries.
The increase is related to a rise in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, as reflected by the risk factors of high BMI and higher blood glucose levels.
The study also indicated that the risk factors for colorectal cancer are different in males and females.
Alcohol use, smoking and diets low in calcium, milk and fiber had a considerable burden on males. For females, dietary risks, but not alcohol use or smoking, were found to be the most attributable risks.