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The incidence of testicular cancer was examined in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland and Germany by collaboration among 10 cancer registries. Population-based registers were used to analyze a total of 34,309 cases, diagnosed from the start of registration (varying from 1943 in Denmark to 1980 in Latvia and Lithuania) through 1989. An approximately(More)
PURPOSE Quality of life (QOL) has become an important outcome measure for patients with cancer, but long-term results from population-based studies are rare. The objective of our study was to identify specific limitations of QOL in survivors of colorectal cancer in comparison with men and women from the general population 1 year after diagnosis when acute(More)
A statewide cohort study on the occurrence of second primary neoplasms was conducted among 9678 women first diagnosed with breast cancer in Saarland, Germany between 1968 and 1987. A total number of 409 second primary neoplasms was observed compared to 328 cases that would have been expected based on the incidence rates of the general population(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Demographic changes in Germany will result in a marked rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases, presenting a central challenge in the coming decades. The ESTHER study on this question has as its objective to bring about innovative ways for the early recognition and prevention of diseases in the elderly. We herein give the concept(More)
Although the association between Helicobacter pylori infection and gastric cancer is well established, this association might have been underestimated in epidemiologic studies because of possible clearance of the infection in the course of disease development. The authors addressed this hypothesis in a case-control study from Saarland, Germany (68 cases(More)
Transatlantic cancer survival comparisons are scarce and involve mostly aggregate European data from the late 1980s. We compare the levels of cancer patient survival achieved in Germany and the United States (US) by the beginning of the 21st century, using data from the Cancer Registry of Saarland/Germany and the SEER Program of the US. Age-adjusted 5- and(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize the geographical and temporal variations in incidence of pleural mesothelioma in Europe, using the extensive data available from European general cancer registries, and consider these in light of recent trends in asbestos extraction, use and import in European countries. MATERIAL AND METHODS The data were extracted from the European(More)
Infection with the gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori (in particular infection with CagA-positive strains) and smoking have been identified as risk factors for the development of gastric cancer. Both risk factors are typically acquired early in life and prevail over decades if not for life. We assessed the individual and joint impact of both risk factors(More)
BACKGROUND The ageing of populations makes outcome monitoring among elderly cancer patients particularly important. PATIENTS AND METHODS Using data from the population-based Cancer Registry of Saarland, we examined age-specific trends in 5-year relative survival from 1979 to 2003 for patients with 15 common cancers in Germany. Model-based period analysis(More)
Several studies have suggested that incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer (CRC) may be strongly reduced for up to 10 years by endoscopic screening with removal of precancerous lesions, but so far there are no data on risk reduction beyond this period. We assessed long-term reduction of CRC risk following screening endoscopy in a statewide(More)