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Leading Causes of Cancer Deaths

The five most common types of cancer are largely identical for each sex in both parts of Germany (see graphs, p. 44).

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in males, and breast cancer is the leading cause in females. The second leading cause of cancer deaths for both sexes is colorectal cancer.

Due to the slower decline of stomach cancer mortality in eastern Germany, stomach tumors are still the third leading cause of cancer deaths for both sexes in the former GDR. In the west, prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths among males, and lung cancer has become the third leading cause of female cancer deaths owing to a dramatic rise.

The fifth leading cause of male cancer deaths is pancreatic cancer in the west and bladder cancer in the east. For females, the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths is stomach cancer in the west and ovarian cancer in the east.




The five most common types of cancer in germany for male
(updated graph)


The five most common types of cancer in germany (Male)

Graph as pdf-file





The five most common types of cancer in germany for female
(updated graph)


The five most common types of cancer in germany (Female)

Graph as pdf-file

last update: 23/05/2007 back to top