Approximately 40,000 people face the diagnosis of cancer each year. Thus, the number of new cancer cases has doubled during the past 25 years. Most cancers occur in women involving breast (29%) and lungs and intestines (10% each). In men, it involves prostate (23%), followed by lungs (14%) and intestines (12%). However, during the past years, researchers succeeded in developing improved diagnosis and treatment options due to the research at MedUni Vienna. The relative 5-year survival has increased significantly during the past decades and is now at more than 60%.
Even though the number of new patients is rising, the cancer mortality rate is declining - this is the consequence of the intense research. The results of the basic research improve diagnosis and therapy procedures and allow new treatment concepts. All this is made possible by donation drives such as the cancer run of MedUni Vienna.