Health at a Glance: Europe 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union.  It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas. Each indicator is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, a brief descriptive analysis highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.


Cancer incidence

In 2008, an estimated 2.4 million new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) were diagnosed in EU member states (Ferlay et al., 2010), and of these 55% occurred among males and 45% among females. The most commonly diagnosed cancers were prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancer. The risk of getting cancer before the age of 75 years was 26.5%, or around one in four. However, because the population of Europe is ageing, the rate of new cases of cancer is also expected to increase (EC, 2008b).


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