70% of Maltese deaths were avoidable – Eurostat

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Eurostat statistics have shown that 69.9% of Maltese deaths of persons under 75 in 2016 were avoidable. There were a total of 868 avoidable deaths, with 495 (39.9%) of them being preventable and 373 (30%) being treatable.

Preventable mortality includes the causes of death that can be mainly avoided through effective public health and primary prevention interventions. Treatable mortality involves causes of death that can be mainly avoided through timely and effective health care interventions, including secondary prevention and treatment.

Malta ranks low in preventable deaths, but at the forefront in treatable deaths

The highest shares of preventable deaths were registered in Slovenia (53.5%), Hungary (51.7%) and Estonia (50.0%). In contrast, the share was lowest in Bulgaria (35.4%), followed by Cyprus (39.2%) and Malta (39.9%).

The highest shares of treatable deaths were registered in Romania (31.9%), Slovakia (30.8%), Lithuania (30.1%) and Malta (30.0%). On the other hand, the share was lowest in France (19.3%), ahead of Belgium (20.5%) and Denmark (21.0%).

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1.2 million avoidable deaths in the EU

In the European Union (EU), about 1.7 million persons aged less than 75 died in 2016. Among them, around 1.2 million deaths could be considered as premature according to the recently developed Eurostat-OECD list of avoidable mortality. Out of those, 741,000 preventable deaths could have been avoided through effective public health and primary prevention interventions, and 422,000 treatable deaths through timely and effective health care interventions.

Compared to 2011, avoidable deaths as a share of total deaths decreased by 1.7 percentage points, from 69.7% of total deaths in 2011 to 68.0% in 2016.

A third of potentially avoidable deaths in the EU concerned heart and lung diseases

In the EU, heart attacks (174,000 avoidable deaths), cancers of the trachea, bronchus and lung (168,000) and strokes (87,000) accounted for over a third of potentially avoidable deaths in 2016.

They were followed by alcohol-related diseases (79,000), colorectal cancers (67,000), breast cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders (both 50,000), accidental injuries (48,000) and suicides (44,000).

Credit: Eurostat