The most common causes of death in Germany

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The most common causes of death in Germany: Cardiovascular diseases and cancer are still the most common causes of death in Germany. The Federal Statistical Office has published all causes of death and deaths from 2009.

The Federal Statistical Office has published the official figures on deaths in Germany. The most common cause of death is therefore cardiovascular diseases followed by cancer.

Over 850,000 deaths in 2009 In Wiesbaden, the Federal Statistical Office today published the 2009 deaths figures. This shows that 854,544 deaths were recorded last year, 1.2 percent more than in the previous year. 31,832 people died as a result of accidents, falls, poisoning and other external influences, which corresponds to an increase of around one percent over the previous year to 3.7 percent of the total number of deaths. The number of suicides increased by 120 compared to 2008 to 9,571 suicides in 2009. The most common cause of death is still cardiovascular disease followed by cancer.

Cause in 42 percent: cardiovascular diseases 363,785 Germans died of cardiovascular diseases last year, which corresponds to a share of around 42 percent of all deaths. This affected people over the age of 65 in 91 percent of the cases. The absolute number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases remained practically constant compared to the previous year. A closer look reveals that heart attacks alone are the cause of more than 60,000 deaths in Germany and, unlike the general gender ratio of deaths (just under 53 percent women), men are clearly more often affected than women with 56 percent of the deceased. In a five-year comparison, deaths from cardiovascular diseases decreased by about 3 percent, with deaths from myocardial infarctions, ischemic heart diseases (9 percent each) and hypertension (13 percent) decreasing disproportionately.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death After cardiovascular disease, cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in Germany with more than 216,000 deaths. Cancer is thus responsible for around a quarter of all deaths, with men most often dying from colon, liver and lung cancer tumors, and women often dying from breast cancer in addition to the corresponding digestive cancers. While the total number of deaths from cancer rose only slightly (just under two percent), deaths from tumor diseases of the respiratory tract increased from 59,047 to 63,302.

Risk groups should pay particular attention to health. The numbers should be a warning to all risk groups such as smokers and overweight people. By avoiding alcohol and tobacco as well as lots of exercise and a healthy diet, the most common causes of heart failure - high blood pressure and coronary artery disease (coronary artery disease) - can be prevented relatively well. In addition, special care and attention is required for people over the age of 65. Symptoms such as shortness of breath, reduced performance, fatigue and swelling on the legs should not be ignored and a visit to the doctor or cardiologist is urgently required. According to the experts, those who have already been diagnosed with a corresponding heart weakness should visit the cardiologist regularly for a medical check-up and keep an eye on their own development on a daily basis (e.g. weight checks, blood pressure measurements). With regard to possible cancer, regular check-ups are advisable. (fp, 18.10.2010)

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