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Health at a Glance 2011

OECD Indicators

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This sixth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries.   Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Inequalities in cancer screening

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in OECD countries, responsible for 28% of all deaths in 2009. Among women, breast cancer is the most common form, accounting for 30% of new cases each year and 15% of cancer deaths in 2009. Cervical cancer adds an additional 3% of new cases, and 2% of female cancer deaths (see Indicator 1.4, “Mortality from cancer”).

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