Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Mortality from cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in OECD countries after circulatory diseases, accounting for 25% of all deaths in 2015, up from 15% in 1960. In a number of countries such as Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Australia, the mortality rate for cancer is higher than for circulatory diseases. The rising share of deaths due to cancer reflects the fact that mortality rates from other causes, particularly circulatory diseases, has been declining more rapidly than for cancer.

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