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Experts predict rapid spike in cancer cases

DDP/The Local · 24 Feb 2010, 08:29

Published: 24 Feb 2010 08:29 GMT+01:00

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Nobel Prize-winning doctor and president of German Cancer Aid, Harald zur Hausen, told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that the numbers will increase dramatically as the demographic trend tends toward an ageing population.

“We expect that by 2030 there will be up to 580,000 new cancer cases each year – almost one third more than now,” he told the paper.

The current average of people diagnosed with cancer is 436,000 per year.

Ahead of the 29th annual German cancer meeting of medical experts set to begin in Berlin on Wednesday, Hausen appealed to the public to take preventive measures.

“We know today: About two thirds of all cancer cases are a result of our lifestyle,” he told the paper, encouraging people to quit smoking, reduce their alcohol consumption, exercise, use sunscreen and get informed about early testing options.

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Hausen, who was awarded half of the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, also said that preventing viral infections can help.

Viruses such as Hepatitis B and HPV have vaccinations, he said.

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Your comments about this article

17:14 February 24, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
What? Smoking is a major cause of cancer? Does this means that non-smokers are expected to share the (ever-increasing) expenses of hospitalizing and treating cancerous smokers who insist on a "right" to smoke in Germany? What a great plan -- fair for everyone, but just a little moreso for the stupidest among us...
17:34 February 24, 2010 by Bushdiver
@ OkieinBerlin

Quit crying. You are allready supporting all your lazy comrades who feel sitting at home and collecting unemployment or welare rather than doing some kind of work not to mention all the other crap you're paying for with the overwelming taxes on everything here. It's not just smokers moron. What about the thousands that go to a doctor everyday that isn't nessessary just so they don't have to go to work?
23:10 February 24, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I was in Germany for 3 weeks in September. And there appeared to be a lot of fat in many diets. This certainly an area that could easily be improved. All doctors agree that most diseases and illness are due to diet and lifestyle.

Surely there are benefits to a more health conscious society. Now we just have to commit to changing things.
08:33 February 25, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
@ Bushdriver

Ooooh, Bushdriver, I must have hit a sensative spot -- I take it that you are one of the idiot smokers out there! Not really sorry to offend your sensative little ego.

Now, if you can provide some real numbers abouts welfare cheats in Germany and offer some real evidence of the "thousands" who visit doctors "every day" I might take your arguments more seriously. But typically, you offer up only bullshit in place of reasoned arguments. Perhaps you should quit crying and learn to argue, and to spell.
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