Comparison with Other Causes of Death
Cancer still ranks second to diseases of the circulatory system as a cause of male and female deaths in Germany. At present, approximately every third death is due to circulatory disease and every fourth death is due to cancer.
The Most Frequent Causes of Death in Germany in 2012 (updated graph)
The trend graphs for the five leading groups of causes of death in Germany (p. 45) indicate, however, that the age-adjusted mortality rates from diseases of the circulatory system have declined markedly among females for decades and among males since about 1970, and that these rates are continuing to fall. If cancer mortality continues to show a slight, gradual downtrend compared with the more pronounced decline for cardiovascular diseases, it is reasonable to project that cancer will become the leading cause of death in Germany in the next 15-20 years.
Trend graph for the five leading groups of causes of death in Germany for male (updated graph)
Trend graph for the five leading groups of causes of death in Germany for female (updated graph)