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Health at a Glance 2015

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). Compared with the previous edition, this new edition includes a new set of dashboards of health indicators to summarise in a clear and user-friendly way the relative strengths and weaknesses of OECD countries on different key indicators of health and health system performance, and also a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector. This edition also contains new indicators on health workforce migration and on the quality of health care.

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Cancer incidence

In 2012, an estimated 5.8 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in OECD countries, 54% (around 3.1 million) occurring in men and 46% (around 2.7 million) in women. The most common were breast cancer (12.9% of all new cancer cases) and prostate cancer (12.8%), followed by lung cancer (12.3%) and colorectal cancer (11.9%). These four cancers represented half of the estimated overall burden of cancer in OECD countries (Ferlay et al., 2014).

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