Non-communicable diseases cause nearly three-quarters of deaths in the world: WHO report
Non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and lung disease cause more deaths than infectious diseases globally, according to a WHO report.
By Sneha Mordani: Nearly three-quarters of all deaths in the world are caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory illnesses and 17 million people under the age of 70 die of NCDs every year, according to a report by the World Health Organisation.
The WHO report, released at the UN General Assembly, said that low and middle income countries account for 86% of these premature deaths. Most of this could be avoided or delayed if people had access to prevention, treatment and care, the report added.
The WHO report, titled Invisible Numbers, also highlighted the extent of global NCD burden, risk factors, and the progress each country is making in their efforts to combat these diseases and conditions.
"Every two seconds someone aged under 70 dies of NCD," the WHO stated in its report.
Besides, non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and lung disease cause more deaths than infectious diseases globally.