The burden of cancer in Germany

Alexander Katalinic*

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


It has long been known that many cancers are attributable to modifiable risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, or infection. As early as 1967, the Englishman Sir Richard Doll published a book dealing exclusively with risk factors of this kind and with cancer prevention. According to Doll, around 40% of cancer deaths in men and 10% of those in women are due to risk factors that can be modified (1).

For Germany, the number of cancer cases triggered by modifiable factors is unknown. The answer is of immediate public health interest, because these tumors—at least theoretically—are avoidable.

Translated title of the contributionEditorial: Zahlen zur Krebslast in Deutschland
Original languageEnglish
JournalDeutsches Arzteblatt International
Issue number35-36
Pages (from-to)569-570
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 03.09.2018

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  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)


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