The Ministry of Health has released the latest cancer incidence statistics and the incidence of gut cancers or cancers of the digestive system is increasing year on year. 5423 New Zealanders were diagnosed with a gut cancer to the year-end 2018 (latest figures available) an increase from 5143 the previous year.
Collectively, gut cancers are the most common form of cancer in New Zealand. Within this group of cancers, the largest year on year increases in incidence are as follows: (Source: Ministry of Health)
Gallbladder & bile duct cancer 18.50%
Pancreatic cancer 12.25%
Bowel cancer 5.79%