Key Global facts for NCD in 2015

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• 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.

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