Fewer cancers diagnosed does not mean that the disease is on the decline. Rather, according to scientists, there will be more advanced tumors due to the corona.
Heidelberg (dpa/lsw) - According to the Baden-Württemberg Cancer Registry, the number of new cancer cases in 2020 was seven percent below the average of the two previous years. "We already warned when the lockdown began in spring 2020 that due to the suspended diagnostic and early detection examinations, a wave of late-diagnosed cancers would build up," said the head of the German Cancer Research Center, Michael Baumann, in Heidelberg. The numbers now seemed to confirm this fear. The conclusion is that cancer registries have to function much faster so that such developments can be countered in good time in the future. The registry collects data on the occurrence and progression of cancer for research purposes.
Baumann cited the overloading of clinics and other medical facilities as one of the reasons for the development. On the other hand, many people would have avoided early detection examinations out of concern about corona infection.
In relation to the number of inhabitants, the fewest people in Germany die of cancer in Baden-Württemberg. According to the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), there were around 223 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in the southwest in 2020 due to cancer. In a nationwide comparison, this is the lowest value ahead of Bavaria at 233. According to TK, the national average is 252 deaths.