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.



Survival and mortality for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among men after prostate and lung cancers and the second most common form among women (after breast cancer) across EU countries. Incidence varies greatly across the EU region from over 40 cases per 100 000 population in the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Denmark and the Netherlands to less than half this rate in Greece. Several risk factors exist including age, ulcerative colitis, a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, along with lifestyle factors such as a high‑fat, low‑fibre diet, lack of physical activity, obesity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption.



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