Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Berlin.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Berlin. About every fourth malignant tumor affected the female breast. This was announced by the Berlin Senate Administration on the Common Cancer Register (GKR) of the East German federal states. A steady increase in the number of new cases was found especially in older women.

Every fourth cancer in women in Berlin was breast cancer. The diagnostic year 2007 was used to collect the data. According to this, a total of 2014 breast cancer diagnoses were made. The cause of death statistics showed 632 deaths from “breast cancer” in the period. In 2007, the number of new cases was measured for women aged 40 to 44. Statistically speaking, 68.5 women out of every 100,000 women in Berlin in this age group contracted breast cancer. As announced by the Senate administration, a steady increase can be observed, especially among older women in the capital. In the 65- to 69-year-old women, the number of new cases (incidence) is already 342.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Breast cancer screening shows initial success
The breast cancer screening introduced in 2006 showed initial success, according to the Berlin Senate. It is a mammography examination used for the early detection of breast cancer. The breast is X-rayed in mammography. The aim of this screening examination is to detect breast cancer early in order to prevent the disease from progressing and to be able to offer adequate treatment options. Since 2008, the proportion of prognostically favorable tumors with a size of less than one centimeter in the age group between 50 and 70 years of age has been more than twice as high as in other age groups. While 17 percent of the tumors in the 50- to 69-year-old women were smaller than one centimeter when they were detected, this was also the case in the other patients in only 7 percent of the cases.

The examination is free of charge for those insured by statutory health insurance, individual regulations may apply to insured persons with private health insurance, insured persons should obtain information from their provider here. There is no practice fee for the medical check-up. (sb, Nov 1, 2010)

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