Cancer Prevalence

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 2017 and alive on 31 December 2017 have been included in the analysis. The follow-up period is 34 years.

The Austrian cancer registry contains 1 260 575 reported tumours (malignant invasive cases, incl. DCO cases) in 1 135 251 persons diagnosed between 1983 and 2017. The difference between the number of tumours and persons is caused by multiple tumours. Of those 1 135 251 persons 357 781 were still alive at the end of 2017, thereof 170 147 men and 187 634 women. This means that 41 out of 1000 Austrians alive on 31 December 2017 have had a prior cancer diagnosis.

During the last decade (2007-2017) a notable increase in cancer prevalence has been observed. In 2007, 270 074 persons lived with a prior cancer diagnosis (127 312 men and 142 762 women). Compared to 2017 this is an increase of +33% (men: +34%, women: +31%). This increase in prevalence is a result of demographic ageing, increasing life expectancy and improved survival chances of individuals affected by cancer.

Breast cancer was the most frequent cancer localization (78 433) in women, followed by colorectal cancer (19 758) and cancer of cervic uteri (14 002). For men living with cancer, prostate cancer was the most frequent localization (65 525, followed by cancer of colon/rectum (23 436) and bladder (11 548).

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 2017, for 23% of 170 147 men and for 19% of 187 634 women living with cancer, the diagnosis was not older than three years. These people were in acute need for medical care. Health related follow-up care was less intense for those who had been diagnosed three to five years ago. This was the case for almost 11% of men (18 956 cases) and 11% of women (19 835 cases) living with cancer. For 24% of men and 22% of women alive on 31 December 2017, cancer was diagnosed five to nine years ago. Most significant differences between the sexes could be observed for those diagnosed ten years or longer ago: 43% (72 546 cases) of all men and 48% of all women (90 032 cases) living with cancer.

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