Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)

Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)

Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person.  They are of long duration and generally slow progression.  The four main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.

More than 36 million people die annually from NCDs (63% of global deaths), including more than 14 million people who die too young between the ages of 30 and 70.  Low and middle income countries already bear 86% of the burden of these premature deaths.

World Health Organisation, 2015

 

The following video has been produced by CHRODIS who are working across the EU to facilitate the exchange of good practices on the prevention and care of chronic diseases across Europe.

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COPD now affects men and women almost equally, due in part to increased tobacco use among women in high-income countries.
World Health Organisation

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