Cancer screening is to be expanded

Cancer screening should be expanded: the Bavarian Minister of Health Markus Söder has spoken out in favor of expanding cancer screening. In the state parliament, the CSU minister advocated inviting people who belong to the risk groups to cancer prevention in the future.

Cancer screening is to be further expanded in Bavaria in the future. For example, the Bavarian Minister of Health Markus Söder is campaigning to invite people at risk in the future for the early detection of cancer. According to the minister, such early detection programs are currently underutilized. Only every second woman over 20 and every fifth man over 45 years of age take advantage of the examination, although this is not associated with any costs. However, that is fatal, says Söder, because cancer that is diagnosed in good time can also be effectively combated. Around half of all cancers can be treated if they were identified early during preventive care. The Ministry of Health in Bavaria is currently creating the legal basis to implement an “invitation system” for colon cancer early detection.

It is also important to improve early detection of skin cancer. In such an examination, the so-called skin cancer screening is carried out. Söder now wants to achieve that age limits for the prevention of skin cancer will be reduced from the current 35 to 25 years. The age limits, which are sometimes rigid, should also be lifted for other types of cancer such as breast cancer or colorectal cancer. It is important that insured persons take the free examinations.

Every second death in Bavaria is preceded by cancer. "Every year around 55,000 new cancer cases occur in Bavaria, from which around 30,000 people die," said the Ministry of Health. Every year, around 220,000 patients are treated for tumors in the clinics in Bavaria. (sb, Oct 6, 2010)

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