IN FOCUS / 2016-02-01
World Cancer Day: roughly 18,000 women died from breast cancer in 2014
4 February is World Cancer Day. This day focuses on cancer treatment, research and prevention. In 2014, roughly 224,000 people in Germany died from cancer. Among women, breast cancer was one of the most frequent cancer-related causes of death (18,000 deaths).
Most of the women who died from breast cancer died at an older age. In 2014, 63% of them were aged 70 years or over - in 2005, the figure had been 53%. The number of deaths caused by breast cancer, however, did not change much in this period.
However, according to the DRG statistics, the number of women treated on a full in-patient basis in hospital because of breast cancer as the main diagnosis was markedly smaller in 2014 than in 2005. While, at the time, the number of such female patients was roughly 151,000, it was down to 130,000 (-14%) by 2014. The majority of them (90%) were aged 45 years or over. The two most frequent interventions were the partial removal of the mammary gland and the destruction of mammary gland tissue (56,000 operations) and the surgical removal of individual lymph nodes and lymph vessels (54,000 operations).