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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 presents comparative analyses of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of the health systems of the 28 EU Member States, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. It is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle of knowledge brokering. This publication has two parts. Part I comprises two thematic chapters, the first focusing on the need for concerted efforts to promote better mental health, the second outlining possible strategies for reducing wasteful spending in health. In Part II, the most recent trends in key indicators of health status, risk factors and health spending are presented, together with a discussion of progress in improving the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of European health systems.

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Screening, survival and mortality for cervical cancer

More than 100 000 women in EU countries are diagnosed each year with cervical cancer (see indicator on “Cancer incidence” in ). Cervical cancer is highly preventable if precancerous cells are detected and treated before progression occurs. The human papilloma virus (HPV) is found in over 90% of cervical cancers (European Commission, 2018), and vaccination against the main types of HPV responsible for cervical cancer is expected to reduce incidence.

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