Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): NCDs, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world. This invisible epidemic is an under-appreciated cause of poverty and hinders the economic development of many countries. The burden is growing - the number of people, families and communities afflicted is increasing.

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Total NCD mortality

36 millionof the 57 million global deaths in 2008 were due to NCDs.

Total NCD mortality

Premature NCD mortality

29%of NCD deaths in low- and middle-income countries in 2008 occurred before the age of 60.

Premature NCD mortality

Risk factors

80%of premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be prevented.

Risk factors

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