Cancer is one of the major public health issues in OECD countries. It is the second cause of death (after cardiovascular disease), accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths in many OECD countries, while at least one-third of cancer can be prevented and a further third can be either detected early or effectively treated.
The OECD collects the following indicators on cancer care:
- Cancer survival estimates (breast, cervical and colorectal cancers)
- Cancer mortality rates (all and by type of cancer)
- Screening rates (breast and cervical cancers)
Health at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators includes cross-national data, descriptive analysis and methodological information including definitions for these indicators. Access the chart set and information about the online database OECD Health Statistics.
The OECD has also undertaken a cross-national analysis of the quality of cancer care performance and published the report below. The analytical work involved the OECD network of national cancer experts and collaboration with key organisations and projects with international expertise in this area, including the CONCORD study which undertakes a study involving an international comparison of survival estimates and the EUROCARE study which follows the survival of cancer patients in Europe.
This report received financial assistance from the European Union
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>> Read the FOCUS ON HEALTH, November 2013: "Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival".
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