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Under a new legal framework, clinical and epidemiological data from the cancer registries of the German federal states are to be merged at the Centre for Cancer Registry Data (ZfKD) at the Robert Koch Institute. The main aim is to provide a more comprehensive database for cancer research.


Database update: New cancer data until 2017

In 2017, 489,178 people in Germany were diagnosed with cancer, among those 230,150 women and 259,028 men. This means that the annual number of newly diagnosed cancer cases has remained just below 500,000 since 2007, with relatively small fluctuations. These and many other key figures on cancer in Germany can be found in our database query, which has just been updated.


Cancer in Germany 2015/2016

According to the latest estimates by the Robert Koch Institute, around 492,000 cancers were diagnosed in Germany in 2016. About half of these cancers affected the breast (68,900), prostate (58,800), colon (58,300) and lung (57,500). An increase in the number of incident cancer cases to around 510,000 is forecast for the year 2020. All new results were published in the 12th edition of the report "Cancer in Germany". For the first time, the report contains information on cancers of the small intestine and anus. Although these two tumour types are relatively rare, incidence and mortality rates have increased in recent years. Also new are nationwide data on the distribution and 5-year survival by UICC tumour stage. The report "Cancer in Germany" is published every two years jointly by the Association of Population-based Cancer Registries in Germany (GEKID) and the German Centre for Cancer Registry Data (ZfKD) at the Robert Koch Institute. In addition to the results in this issue, you will find additional information on the individual cancer types on our website.


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Database Query


In an interactive database query you find information on current cancer statistics.