It appears that cancer is more common in some areas of Greece compared to others. Drama, Kilkis, Karditsa and Grevena have the highest cancer mortality rates, said pathologist and president of the Greek Scientific Society “Drama against Cancer,” Savvas Papadopoulos.
Theodoros Konstantinidis, Hygiene professor at the Medical School of Democritus University of Thrace, said that there has been an increase in cancer patients mostly in Drama, Xanthi and Kavala. Professor Konstantinidis will present epidemiological cancer data from Eastern Macedonia, during the 2nd Scientific Symposium entitled “The Town of Drama against Cancer – Environment and Cancer,” that takes place on February 14 to 16 in Drama, Greece.
He suggests that the increase in cancer rates in Drama may be related to the following:
– The migration of people from Drama to West Germany during the 1960s, where they were exposed to carcinogens before returning
– Pesticides or even existing environmental factors, such as radon
– Pollutants from Bulgaria transferred to Greece via the river Nestos
– Leakage of radioactivity from the Kozloduy nuclear power plant, where an accident occurred in 2006.
“However, other studies must be conducted before we can release any more accurate data. My own descriptive reasoning studies are based on the observation of tendencies,” added professor Konstantinidis.