Cancer report Bavaria: Cancer an old age disease

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Active against cancer in Bavaria

Cancer diseases are increasing and vary enormously depending on age, gender and region. For the sick, however, the risk of dying from it decreases. The Bavarian Minister of Health Huber believes that this also depends on their own behavior.

Over 30,000 cancer deaths
At least 350,000 people in Bavaria are diagnosed with cancer. Around 68,000 new cases are added each year, and around 30,000 people die of the disease in the Free State each year. The total number in 2011 was 31,746 deaths. At the presentation of the first Bavarian Cancer Report in Munich, Health Minister Huber said on Wednesday: "The absolute number of cancer cases has increased". The report, which is to appear at regular intervals in the future, is also intended to address those affected and their families in order to help them The minister analyzed, but also "The diagnosis of cancer is a stroke of fate for the sufferer, but also for those around him."

To blame for cancer? The President of the Bavarian Cancer Society and Chief Physician at the Augsburg Clinic, Professor Günter Schlimok, who was present at the presentation of the report in Munich, said: "Over a third of all cancers can be prevented by individual measures". Such statements are controversial among oncologists because there are various theories about cancer triggers and there are no clear causes for cancer. But doctors refer to risk factors that can favor cancer. Environmental factors such as air pollution, various food additives, high alcohol consumption or smoking were mentioned as possible risks, but cancer of a parent also increases the likelihood of illness.

Active against cancer Until April 20, the Bavarian theme week "Active against cancer" aims to point out a healthy lifestyle as protection against cancer. The campaign, supported by Franz Beckenbauer, among others, addresses the positive impact of sport, for example, 30 minutes of moderate exercise are a good step towards cancer prevention. In addition, harmful excess weight can be reduced and the metabolism improved. The Bavarian Minister of Health's statement "Exercise and sport can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 30 percent" should not be misinterpreted as it would be wrong to assume that cancer patients believe that past passivity is the reason for their suffering.

Sports, even with cancer, Sports also have a healing effect, according to studies. Professor Schlimok says: “A few years ago, doctors advised their cancer patients to take care of themselves. But those days are definitely over ".

Cancer is an age-related illness. However, the available figures show that despite all the options available to limit the risk of illness, the likelihood of developing cancer increases significantly with advancing age. Huber said: "Cancer is an age-related disease". Especially in the case of malignant tumors in the stomach or in the urinary bladder, the average age of onset is relatively high at over 70 years. However, this does not mean that there is no danger for younger people The Bavarian report means that, for example, “black skin cancer” or breast cancer occurs in middle age, and the average age of onset among younger men who develop testicular cancer is already 38 years old.

Strong differences in the Bavarian regions Breast cancer remains the most common type of cancer among women in Bavaria, with 32 percent of all new cases. 10,067 new cases were diagnosed in 2010. Colon cancer is the second most common in women (3,995 new cases), followed by lung cancer in 1973 with new patients. The absolute number of new cancer cases among men compared to women was almost 400 cases higher. According to the report, "prostate cancer is at the top of new cancer cases" (8508 cases). Colon cancer is listed with 5107 new cases and lung cancer with 3933 cases. The health statisticians found regional differences in Bavaria when evaluating the numbers. This was special The gap between Upper Bavaria and the Upper Palatinate in terms of the death rate is striking: From 2006 to 2010, 182 cancer patients per 100,000 inhabitants died in Upper Bavaria, in the Upper Palatinate the number was 208. The difference was slightly lower for women: "The rates were between 120 deaths (Lower Franconia) and 127 deaths (Upper Palatinate) per 100,000 inhabitants ".

Cancer screening can save lives According to Huber, Bavaria is well placed to treat cancer patients nationwide. There is "a particularly close-knit supply network" that spans the tumor centers in Augsburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg and Würzburg. "Nevertheless, there is room for improvement, because more than 30 people still die in Bavaria, similar to Germany Percent of those affected within five years of being diagnosed with their cancer ", further explanations from the presented report. Huber and his experts see a need for improvement in cancer prevention, not so much because of the available offers, but rather because of the lack of demand. In Bavaria Only about half of all eligible women use cancer screening and only about a quarter of men use it. When and what is useful or necessary for an examination depends on factors such as complaints, age or gender, and not only for the Free State The following applies: cancer screening can save lives. Exper German Cancer Aid believe that colonoscopy can save the lives of numerous colon cancer patients. (ad)

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