Evaluation: More and more people suffer from liver cancer
On the occasion of the German Liver Day (November 20), the health insurance company DAK announced that more and more people across Germany are suffering from liver cancer (liver cell carcinoma). Based on the figures from the Federal Statistical Office, the DAK stated that the number of liver cancer diseases has increased significantly in Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and North Rhine-Westphalia in recent years.
Up to 50 percent increase in liver cancer treatments According to the DAK, the number of liver cancer-related hospital treatments in Saxony-Anhalt increased by 37 percent from 2004 to 2008 to a total of 627 cases. During the same period, the number of hospital treatments for liver cancer patients in the Free State of Thuringia increased by 45 percent (a total of 428 cases). In North Rhine-Westphalia, the DAK presented figures for the period from 2000 to 2008, which showed that the number of hospital treatments due to liver cancer rose by almost 50 percent to 3,204 cases. In all three federal states, more than 75 percent of those affected were male.
5,000 new cases annually A total of around 5,000 people develop liver cancer annually, according to the DAK, with 90 percent of the illnesses being associated with cirrhosis of the liver. This is different. Risk factors such as alcohol abuse, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or diabetes mellitus are triggered. The so-called fatty liver is also considered a risk factor for the development of liver cancer. This is a very common illness of which according to expert estimates. 25% of the adult western population are affected. A fatty liver is characterized by the storage of the so-called neutral fats in the liver cells, whereby the liver becomes fat when more fats are produced or supplied to the body than it can break down.
Liver cancer: "creeping danger" Liver cancer is "a creeping danger because the liver does not hurt and many people therefore do not know that their liver is diseased," said the board member of the German Society for Combating Diseases of the Gastrointestinal, Liver and Liver Diseases Metabolism and nutrition disorders (Gastro-Liga) eV, Peter Galle, for example, the malignant disease of the liver cells, which is known as hepatocellular carcinoma in the medical community, is often recognized very late in the event of early diagnosis of liver dysfunction As risk factors for liver cancer, worse diseases could be avoided or more promising therapy could be given. (fp, 11/17/2010)