Health at a Glance 2019

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of health care; and the resources available for health. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across 80 indicators, with data coming from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends, including how much health spending is associated with staffing, access, quality and health outcomes. This edition also includes a special focus on patient-reported outcomes and experiences, with a thematic chapter on measuring what matters for people-centred health systems.

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Screening and survival for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer after breast and prostate cancers in OECD countries, and the third most common cause of death from cancer (see indicator “Cancer incidence and mortality” in Chapter 3) (GLOBOCAN, 2018[1]). Several factors increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, including older age, ulcerative colitis, previous colorectal polyps or a family history of colorectal cancer, as well as lifestyle factors such as a diet high in fat and low in fibre, lack of physical activity, obesity and tobacco and alcohol consumption. Incidence is significantly higher for men than women in most countries. Rectal cancer is often more difficult to treat than colon cancer due to a higher probability of spreading to other tissue, recurrence and post-operative complications.

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