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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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Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women, accounting for almost 460 000 deaths worldwide in 2008 (WHO, 2011d). One in nine women will acquire breast cancer at some point in her life and one in thirty will die from the disease. There are a number of risk factors that increase a person’s chance of getting this disease such as age, family history of breast cancer, estrogen replacement therapy, alcohol use and others. Overall spending for breast cancer care typically amounts to about 0.5-0.6% of total health expenditure (OECD, 2003a). Variation in breast cancer care across OECD countries is indicated by mammography screening rates in women aged 50-69 years, relative survival rates, and mortality rates.

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