Cancer prevalence is - beside cancer incidence and mortality - of particular interest in order to provide a comprehensive overview of cancer in Austria. Information on cancer prevalence is of primary interest for health care planning and resource allocation because it identifies the burden of disease or health-related events in the population and for health care systems. However, the question “How many cancer patients are there in Austria?” is not only of interest for public health, but also of individual interest.
Cancer prevalence comprises new and pre-existing cases alive on a certain date or during a certain period, in contrast to incidence which reflects only new cases of a disease diagnosed during a given period of time. Cancer prevalence is calculated on the basis of cases registered in the Austrian cancer registry and on follow-up of their vital status. Hence, all persons diagnosed between 1983 and 2018 and alive on 31 December 2018 have been included in the analysis. The follow-up period is 35 years.
The Austrian cancer registry contains
During the last decade (2008
Breast cancer was the most frequent cancer localization
Women affected by cancer surviving for a significantly longer time
than men. This is mainly caused by breast cancer, which is not
only the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women but also characterised
by favourable survival chances. At the end of 2018, for 23% of
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