Only a few days ago, Statistik Austria reported that almost 20,000 Austrians die from cancer each year. The statistics authority added that 37,000 of the country’s eight million inhabitants are diagnosed with the disease at the same time. These figures mean that cancer is responsible for one in four deaths which occur in Austria.
The number of people with cancer declined slightly between 2001 and 2011. At the same time, cancer killed more children and adults. Prostate cancer, lungs cancer and cancer of the intestine are the most common kinds of the disease among male Austrians. Women are majorly affected by breast cancer, intestine cancer and lungs cancer, according to official figures.
Those suffering from the “immortal disease”, their relatives and friends are often intimidated to the complexity and uncertainty of the sickness. In his new book, Martin Bleif answers the most important questions regarding the dangerous disease. He investigates whether there is any substance to widespread myths and speculations. Furthermore, he explains how cancer emerges and develops.
The internationally acknowledged cancer specialist from Germany also gives advice to affected people regarding how to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Bleif’s 500-page book offers both: substantial scientific information and empathic support.
Krebs. Die unsterbliche Krankheit
By Martin Bleif
Published by Klett-Cotta (www.klett-cotta.de)