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Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe plans nationwide cancer registry
The Federal Ministry of Health plans to introduce a national cancer registry. The background is the steady increase in cancer. Around one in four people in Germany are dying of cancer. In order to collect and evaluate detailed data on, among other things, the type of cancer, the course of the disease and the therapy, this information should in future be recorded for every malignant tumor. By mid-2015, all federal states had the necessary legal prerequisites for clinical cancer registries, Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe told “Bild”. Further measures in the fight against cancer are to follow.
Cancer registry to provide insights into improving cancer therapies The cancer registry is intended to create a nationwide, uniform database that enables evaluations of the therapies. From this, insights can be derived that contribute to improving treatment options. In some federal states there are already registers, but these are very different, so that a uniform data collection has not yet been guaranteed. This problem is to be solved in the future with uniform specifications for all federal states. In this way, for example, evaluations of the quality of the individual treatment centers can be carried out and the most successful therapies identified.
The so-called Cancer Screening and Registry Act (KFRG) regulates the structure of the national cancer registry, which is part of the national cancer plan drawn up in 2008. At that time, the federal government, the German Cancer Aid and professional associations had come together to draw up a plan of action in the fight against cancer.
In addition to the cancer registry, the federal government plans to expand cancer screening. Similar to breast cancer screening for women, improved screening systems for colorectal and cervical cancer are to be introduced in the future. In this context, Gröhe mentions invitation procedures for the examinations that would have proven successful in breast cancer screening. "The earlier cancer is discovered, the greater the chances of a cure," the Federal Minister of Health emphasized to the news agency "AFP".
Number of cancers continues to rise Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a dramatic increase in cancer. According to an evaluation by the WHO, 20 million new cases could occur annually by 2025. This corresponds to an increase of around 40 percent. According to the WHO, an increase of up to 70 percent is realistic in the next two decades. According to the 2014 Cancer Report published on Monday, around 14 million new cases occurred worldwide in 2012. 8.2 million people did not survive the cancer.
In Germany, cancer is the second leading cause of death behind cardiovascular diseases. According to the Federal Statistical Office, more than 477,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2010. More than 218,000 patients died of cancer in the same period. (ag)
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