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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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Survival and mortality for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer after prostate and lung cancers for men, and the second most common cancer after breast cancer for women, across OECD countries. Colorectal cancer incidence is high in Korea, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Denmark and the Netherlands at 40 or more cases per 100 000 population while it is low in Mexico, Greece, Chile and Turkey at less than half this rate. Incidence is significantly higher for men than women across countries. There are several factors that place certain individuals at increased risk for the disease, including age, ulcerative colitis, a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, and lifestyle factors such as a diet high in fat and low in fibre, lack of physical activity, obesity, and tobacco and alcohol consumption.

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