Breast cancer diagnoses are increasing


More and more women in Germany are getting breast cancer

The most common cancer-related cause of death in women is breast cancer. While the number of breast cancer diagnoses increases according to the Techniker Krankenkasse, the number of deaths from malignant tumors in the breast also decreases.

The number of deaths is falling
Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) reports that 24 deaths per 100,000 women occurred in Thuringia in 1998, while in 2009 only 20 deaths per 100,000 women were registered due to breast cancer (breast cancer). Nationwide, the number of breast cancer-related deaths fell from 29 to 24 per 100,000 women. The Techniker Krankenkasse relies on information from the society of the epidemiological cancer registries in Germany (kidd).

Improved Early Detection Cause Increased Breast Cancer Diagnoses? As the Techniker Krankenkasse further reports, the number of breast cancer diagnoses has increased by 21 percent in the past five years. According to experts, this could be due to the significantly improved early detection. This includes mammography, which can also be used to detect tumors that are not necessarily life-threatening. TK health expert Steffani Gassner reports: “Mammography is undoubtedly a very good early detection method for breast cancer. However, knowledge of any pathological changes often not only puts a strain on the psyche, but may also lead to further examinations and operations. Therefore, every woman should decide for herself whether she would like to take advantage of the opportunity for early mammography. "

The radiation exposure in mammograms cannot be estimated exactly. Young women, in particular, are exposed to a high dose of radiation because their breast tissue is very dense and therefore requires a higher dose of radiation in order to obtain appropriate images.

Breast cancer screening Women aged 50 to 69 are entitled to free breast cancer screening every two years. As the health network “Concerns Breast” recently announced, only about every second woman has used this option for preventive care. Many women only seek medical advice if they experience symptoms or if they have a self-diagnosed tumor. Since the tumors are often very large, the prognosis is accordingly poor. Breast cancer screening also detects very small, imperceptible changes in breast tissue, so that this examination can be crucial for life-saving therapies. Because the earlier the diagnosis is made, the greater the chances of a successful treatment of breast cancer. (ag)

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