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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.

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Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among women, with 367 000 new cases diagnosed each year in Europe (IARC, 2012). 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, lifestyle, nutrition and alcohol. Variation in breast cancer care across European countries is indicated by mammography screening rates in women aged 50-69 years, relative survival, and mortality rates.

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