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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Cancer incidence and mortality

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in OECD countries after circulatory diseases, accounting for 25% of all deaths in 2017. Further, there was an estimated 7.5 million newly diagnosed cases of cancer across the OECD. Common cancers are lung cancer (21.5%), colorectal cancer (11%), breast cancer (14.5% among women) and prostate cancer (9.4% amongst men). These four represent more than 40% of all cancers diagnosed in OECD countries. Mortality rates from cancer have fallen in all OECD countries since 2000, although across the OECD the decline has been more modest than for circulatory diseases.

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