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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2020

Measuring Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage

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This sixth 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 quality of care across 27 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. It also provides a series of dashboards to compare performance across countries and territories, and a thematic analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Asia/Pacific health systems. 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 territories. Each of the indicators is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and territories and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context in which health systems operate.

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Incidence, survival and mortality for stomach cancer

Stomach cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer after lung, colorectal and breast cancers, and the second most common cause of death from cancer after lung cancer, for the population in the Asia- Pacific region. In 2018, stomach cancer was diagnosed among over 728 000 people and caused approximately 549 000 deaths (IARC, 2020[22]). The main risk factors for stomach cancer include increasing age, tobacco smoking, H. pylori infection, diet, family history, genetic predisposition, having another type of cancer, pernicious anaemia, and stomach surgery. Stomach cancer is more common among men (NHS, 2020[43]).

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