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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2016

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and health care quality across 27 Asia-Pacific countries and economies. Drawing on a wide range of data sources, it builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance, and gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries and economies.

Each of the indicators is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic context in which health systems operate.

This edition is a joint OECD, WHO/WPRO and WHO/SEARO publication.

 

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Mortality from breast, cervical and colorectal cancer

Breast cancer accounts for around 187 000 deaths per year in the Asia-Pacific region (WHO, 2014h). There are a number of factors that increase risk, such as age, family history, oestrogen replacement therapy, alcohol use and others. The promotion of screening mammography and self-examination has led to the detection of the disease at earlier stages. Most OECD countries have adopted breast cancer screening programmes as the most effective way for detecting the disease, although periodicity and population target groups vary.

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