Key Global facts for NCD in 2015
• Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 38 million people each year and almost three quarters of NCD deaths or 28 million lives occur in low and middle-income countries. • Sixteen million NCD deaths occur before the age of 70; 82 per cent of these "premature" deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries. • Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.5 million people annually, followed by cancers (8.2 million), respiratory diseases (four million), and diabetes (1.5 million). • These four groups of diseases account for 82 per cent of all NCD deaths. • Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from an NCD.