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In the EU 'one in three deaths of under-75s is avoidable,' says Eurostat

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In the EU 'one in three deaths of under-75s is avoidable,' says Eurostat

<p>Romania leads the 2013 list of ‘avoidable deaths’ over under-75s, <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7335847/3-24052016-AP-EN.pdf">Eurostat says</a>, while one in three EU-wide could have been avoided.</p> <h3>What is an avoidable death?</h3> <ul> <li>Death considered premature, which could have been avoided through optimal healthcare</li> <li>Death of people under the age of 75</li> </ul> <script id="infogram_0_bd43b327-a55e-422f-b0c7-e6b8f1f8a163" title="Avoidable deaths" src="//e.infogr.am/js/embed.js?19Z" type="text/javascript"></script> <h3>Total number and shares</h3> <p>The total number shows how many potentially avoidable deaths occurred in a member state. While the ‘share’ shows the percentage of all deaths of under-75s in any one population.</p> <p>For example, there were 54,827 avoidable deaths registered in Romania, which equates to 49.4 percent of deaths of under-75s in 2013.</p> <h3>Highest shares</h3> <ul> <li>Romania, 49.4 percent<br /> Eurostat figures show almost half of the deaths of under-75s in Romania could have been avoided in the light of current medical knowledge and technology.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Latvia, 48.5 percent</li> <li>Lithuania, 45.4 percent</li> <li>Slovakia, 44.6 percent</li> </ul> <p>The average share across the European Union is 33.7 percent.</p> <h3>Lowest shares</h3> <ul> <li>France, 23.8 percent<br /> That’s less than half the figure given for Romania.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Denmark, 27.1 percent</li> <li>Belgium, 27.5 percent</li> <li>Netherlands, 29.1 percent</li> </ul> <h3>Reasons for avoidable death</h3> <p>In the European Union, heart attacks and strokes account for almost half of the total number of avoidable causes of death of those under 75.</p> <p>Some 184,000 people (32 percent) died of a heart attack according to the 2013 figures.</p> <p>Strokes come in as the second most common cause, with 93,900 deaths, or 16 percent. Colorectal cancers prompted 12 percent of deaths, which equates to 67,000 people. </p> <p>That, along with breast cancer – the second most common cancer on the list – caused 117,800 ( or 21 percent of) avoidable deaths in 2013 in the EU.</p>