Epidemiology The disease Cancer / Epidemiology
In industrialized western countries, malign tumours (colloquial: Cancer) is the second major cause of death after cardiovascular diseases. In Switzerland, more than 16’200 people die of cancer every year (Source: Krebsliga Schweiz, October 2015).

The number of cancer patients is increasing, mainly because of demographic shifts and longer life expectancy.

Cancer is not predominantly a disease of old age as it is often believed. Younger people and children are also afflicted by cancer. In Switzerland, almost 30% of "lost years" (i.e. years not lived because of premature death) are accounted for by cancer.

For men, almost one third of deaths are related to cancer, which is close to the total of cardiovascular diseases (about 40%) and exceeds all the other diseases taken together.

For women, cancer is the main cause of death in nearly 25% of cases.

In spite of continuous success in the various fields of cancer research and the resulting treatment options, the number of deaths from cancer continues to rise.