Modern lifestyles and demographic changes are increasing the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Each year they account for 60% of all deaths or some 35 million people. (Source: World Health Organization)
The four most prominent NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung diseases – were recognized as the key health priority in the WHO European Region at a recent WHO European Region meeting. NCDs account for 77% of the disease burden and 86% of all deaths in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region.
The WHO notes that in addition to their impact on public health, NCDs constitute an economic burden, with health care costs, lost working time, and early death and disability threatening economic growth and productivity.
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