Health at a Glance: Europe 2014

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This third edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators related to health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, access to care, and health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 28 European Union member states, four candidate countries and three EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. This is complemented by additional indicators on quality of care, access to care and health expenditure, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Compared with the previous edition, this third edition includes a greater number of ECHI indicators, reflecting progress in the availability of comparable data in the areas of non-medical determinants of health and access to care. It also includes a new chapter dedicated to access to care, including selected indicators on financial access, geographic access and timely access.


Cancer incidence

In 2012, an estimated 2.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in EU member states, 54% (around 1.5 million) occurring in men and 46% (around 1.2 million) in women. The most common cancer site was breast cancer (13.8% of all new cancer cases), followed by prostate cancer (13.6%), colorectal cancer (13%) and lung cancer (11.8%). These four cancers represented more than half of the estimated overall burden of cancer in the European Union (Ferlay et al., 2013). The risk of getting cancer before the age of 75 years was 27% (31% for men and 24% for women) and the risk of dying from cancer also before the age of 75 was 12% (14% for men and 9% for women).



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