Which Greek Regions Are Most Affected by Cancer

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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.



  1. Nothing about SMOKING cancerettes? All those warnings, commercials special behavioral conditioning, taxes and the cancer rates are not in highly concentrated “big time smoking” cities like Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki .

  2. But is not Athens Patra or Thessaloniki that have the highest ratesof cancer in Greece.But i am sure smoking is a major contributor

  3. According to the report the fastest rise in cancer cases is in North Eastern Greece. Is it because of better facilities, diagnosis, doctors or something else that merits a closer evaluation.

  4. I don’t think they have better diagnostic methods or medical facilities in the north.I tend to agree with professor Konstandinidis that there are other reasons as well.

  5. Cancer rates rise in identified regions and the cause remains speculative? This should raise red flags of concern meriting an thorough investigation before more succumb to cancer and related diseases.