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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.

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Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among women, with 425 000 new cases diagnosed each year in Europe (IARC, 2011). Risk factors that increase a person’s chance of getting this disease include, but are not limited to, age, family history of breast cancer, oestrogen replacement therapy and alcohol. Annual incidence in Europe is expected to rise to 466 000 cases by 2020. Variation in breast cancer care across European countries is indicated by mammography screening rates in women aged 50-69 years, relative survival rates, and mortality rates.

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