Navigation Links
Cancer survival in Germany after the fall of the Iron Curtain
Date:8/23/2012

Data from the 1970s and 1980s show that people affected by cancer survived significantly longer in West Germany than cancer patients behind the Iron Curtain. Looking at a diagnosis period from 1984 to 1985 in the former German Democratic Republic, 28 percent of colorectal cancer patients, 46 percent of prostate cancer patients, and 52 percent of breast cancer patients survived the first five years after diagnosis. By contrast, 5-year survival rates for people in West Germany affected by these types of cancer were 44 percent, 68 percent, and 68 percent in the years from 1979 to 1983 already.

Led by Dr. Lina Jansen and Prof. Hermann Brenner from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), a team of scientists from DKFZ and the Association of Population-based Cancer Registries in Germany (GEKID) has now studied for the first time how survival rates developed in Germany in the second decade after Germany's reunification. The new study is based on over one million cancer cases from Germany's eleven population-based state cancer registries, which covered approximately 40 percent of the German population in the period studied.

The group analyzed cancer survival rates in the years from 2002 to 2006. They found that 5-year survival rates for 20 out of 25 cancer types differed by less than three percent between East and West and may therefore be regarded as almost identical.

Only for cancers of the oral cavity, the esophagus and the gall bladder as well as for melanoma, cancer patients in former West German states had statistically significantly higher 5-year survival rates. On the other hand, people living in the former East German states had a slight survival advantage for leukemias.

"The fact that cancer survival rates have aligned in the former West and East German states demonstrates that the standardized health system has created comparable health chances for people in the East and in the West. The dramatic differences in cancer survival rates have almost entirely disappeared, even though economic conditions continue to be different," says Hermann Brenner. "However, it makes more sense now to compare socio-economic differences within individual regions than to think in those obsolete categories of East and West."


'/>"/>
Contact: Dr. Sibylle Kohlstdt
s.kohlstaedt@dkfz.de
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer
2. New Stool Test Might Aid in Early Detection of Colon Cancer
3. Study reveals how cancer drug causes diabetic-like state
4. How a cancer drug leads to diabetes
5. You Survived Cancer: Now Pay Attention to Your Overall Health
6. New drug prevents spread of human prostate cancer cells
7. Eliminating the good cholesterol receptor may fight breast cancer
8. Taller, Heavier Women May Face Higher Ovarian Cancer Risk
9. Experimental Chemo Combo for Colon Cancer Disappoints
10. Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study
11. Targeted therapeutics for colon cancer to be presented at AACR meeting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... Solutions as part of their continued efforts to provide innovative offerings to their ... best IT resources and build dynamic, high-performing teams to address healthcare IT’s biggest ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... The ... Process Validation and Process Validation Statistics Conferences in Bethesda, Maryland, 12 – ... challenges faced by process validation professionals and statisticians today. , “These conferences ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 26, 2017 , ... “We are ... offer the ability for patients to schedule an appointment online in real time,” said ... the Six Month Smiles provider directory will bring more Six Month Smiles patients to ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... , ... The Amnesty Rally 2017 will be held on Saturday, July 29 ... Drive in Monroe (adjacent to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo). , The ... Monroe. Citizens can turn in unregistered, illegally-held and imitation guns to law enforcement officers ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) , ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... (HDIS) in St. Louis, Missouri. The company has achieved record-breaking sales for ... multiple departments over the next 12 months. , The upcoming year offers excitement and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/21/2017)... know that PhRMA member companies invested $65.5 billion in research and ... generics and the supply chain account for 14 percent of total ... (7 percent)? Or that the United States ... high-growth biopharmaceutical startups? ... The biopharmaceutical industry accounts for 1 ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... , July 17, 2017  MedX Holdings, Inc., ... medical testing, strengthening and rehabilitation equipment, today announced the ... Program. MedX is considered the gold standard for the ... in specialized medical strengthening equipment. ... lease with the physician or practice who prescribe the ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... It should come as no surprise to anyone that ... of a crippling opioid epidemic. According to the Center ... deaths from opiate-based medications has quadrupled, Says, Dr. David ... 2001 to 2015". During this time, the prescription rate for ... a compelling link between prescription and eventual addiction. The problem ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: