A third of all deaths are preventable. Information saves lives.
Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth. It is a leading cause of death worldwide, but many cancers can be prevented. The majority of cancers, some 90-95% of cases, are due to environmental factors, such as lifestyle and behaviour, and only 5-10% are genetic.
CAD is the most common cardiovascular disease and a top cause of death. The arteries become narrow as the artery-wall thickens, causing a limitation of blood flow to the heart. Up to 90% of cases may be prevented if the risk factors are avoided.
Overweight or obese people accumulate excess body fat that has a negative effect on their health. Obesity is affecting 12% of the world population and increases the risk of many physical and mental conditions. It is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease involving poor airflow. It affects nearly 5% of the global population. Symptoms include shortness of breath and productive coughing. COPD worsens over time and it has no cure, but its progression can be delayed.
To prevent: do not smoke
A stroke is a "brain attack". It happens when there is a disruption in the blood flow to the brain and results in cell death. Stroke often leads to permanent disability and is a top cause of death.
Medical errors affect one in 10 patients worldwide and are a leading cause of death. Errors include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, administering the wrong treatment, giving drugs that interact negatively or performing surgery on a wrong site.
To prevent: communicate
Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the level of sugar in the blood is too high. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar, but in diabetes either the pancreas is not producing enough insulin or the cells are not responding to it. Diabetes can cause many complications and premature death.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. It can have no symptoms, but it's a major risk factor for dangerous diseases. Hypertension affects 25% of the population and is believed to be a factor in 18% of deaths.
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), the most common types being pneumonia and bronchitis, are inflammatory conditions of the lung. Children and the elderly are at higher risk, but pneumonia is a major cause of death among all age groups, accounting for 7% of the world's yearly total.