Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.



Cancer incidence

In 2012 (latest year available), 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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