Dutch cancer mortality rate relatively high

01/10/2009 15:00

In 2006, the Dutch cancer mortality rate was 187 in every 100 thousand, marginally above the average in the EU 27 of 175 per 100 thousand residents. Differences in the composition of the population in the various EU member states have been taken into account.

Cyprus has lowest cancer mortality rate

In the countries situated in the west and north of Europe, Denmark was the only country to have a higher cancer mortality rate than the Netherlands. In Denmark – but also in Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary – more than 200 in every 100 thousand inhabitants died from cancer. Cyprus had the lowest cancer mortality rate followed by Finland.

Cancer mortality, standardised, 2006

Cancer mortality, standardised, 2006

Cardiovascular mortality in the Netherlands one of the lowest in Europe

With 54 per 100 thousand residents, the Dutch mortality rate for cardiovascular diseases was one of the lowest in Europe. Only Spain, Portugal and France are performing better. With more than 150 per 100 thousand inhabitants, the Baltic states and Eastern Europe had the highest rates. In Lithuania, a stunning 347 in every 100 thousand residents died from cardiovascular diseases in 2006.

Cardiovascular mortality, standardised, 2006

Cardiovascular mortality, standardised, 2006

Laura Voorrips