Dutch cancer deaths higher than EU average

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For every 100,000 people in the country, 187 die from cancer, reveals report by Statistics Netherlands.

The Hague – The number of people who die from cancer in the Netherlands is higher than in most other European countries, reveals a report by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

In 2006, the number of cancer deaths in the Netherlands was 187 for every 100,000 people. The EU average was 175 per 100,000.

The only other western European country with a higher cancer death rate was Denmark that has 200 cancer deaths per 100,000 residents, says the CBS report.

Cyprus, Finland and Portugal all had fewer than 150 cancer deaths per 100,000 residents.

However, the Netherlands has a relatively low rate of heart disease, says the CBS. The annual number of deaths due to heart disease is 54 per 100,000.

Spain, Portugal and France all have lower rates of death due to heart disease.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • JadeEd posted:

    on 6th October 2009, 13:31:42 - Reply

    Hardly a suprise to my ears considering the lack of cancer screening and pro active care in general. I think it is much more cost effective for the Dutch to let most of us die of it than treat it or screen for it.
  • ays posted:

    on 2nd October 2009, 14:05:38 - Reply

    The best healthcare system? I would think it is one of the worst things about the NL.
    I don't find higher cancer rates surprising though. The complete lack of preventive approaches here are scary. When I went to ask my doctor to have a gyno-check, or a normal test for breast cancer, she looked at me as if I was completely out of my mind, and then asked "are you so worried that you cannot work? then I could send you to some specialist..." by which I assume she meant a psychologist. At any rate, check the rates of cancer types that are easy to cure if they are found out early on. I bet those are way higher than EU average.
  • proteus posted:

    on 1st October 2009, 15:20:20 - Reply

    Nice follow-up to the recent article about Dutch having the best health system in Europe :)