British heart disease rates 'higher than EU average'

07 March 2013

Heart disease rates in the UK are higher than the EU average, according to a new report which reveals that cancer rates are also greater.

The data, published in the Lancet, compares medical data from 1990 with 2010 to establish the progress that has been made in diagnosing and treating certain illnesses and boosting overall life expectancy across developed nations over the last two decades.

It reveals that heart disease and cancer rates in the UK are now higher than all 14 original members of the EU, in addition to the US, Canada and Australia.

Furthermore, whereas Britain had the 12th highest average life expectancy in 1990, at 75.7 years, it is now only in 14th place, despite life expectancy rising to 79.9.

Commenting on the statistics, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said new government measures will lead to longer and healthier lives and benefit those with cardiovascular diseases.

However, he noted: "Despite real progress in cutting deaths we remain a poor relative to our global cousins on many measures of health; something I want to change."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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