New WHO report points out the main causes of death in the world

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), released this Wednesday (21/9) during the UN General Assembly, shows that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory conditions – are responsible for approximately three quarters of all deaths in the world. They kill 41 million people every year.

The Invisible Numbers report: The True Extent of Noncommunicable Diseases and What to Do About It was launched alongside a data portal during the event organized by WHO in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

“The fact is that NCDs are really at the heart of sustainable development, and their prevention and treatment are an excellent investment opportunity that will have numerous impacts on economic growth, far exceeding the money spent”, ponders the UN health agency in communicated.

The document reveals that every two seconds a person under the age of 70 dies from one of the four non-communicable diseases in the world, and 86% of these deaths are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries.

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The main risk factors pointed out are smoking, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, sedentary lifestyle and air pollution. “Eliminating these factors could prevent or delay significant health problems and many premature deaths from NCDs,” the WHO suggests.

According to the entity, the material is being released at a critical time for public health. “By 2022, only a few countries were on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of reducing early deaths from NCDs by a third by 2030,” the organization says.

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