Romania, ranked 1st in the EU for Preventable and Treatable Deaths, on World Health Day

According to the most recent report on Health Status in the European Union in 2023, Romania ranks first in the European Union in preventable and treatable deaths and at the bottom of the ranking in terms of prevention.

Gathering data on the main health issues in Romania from sources such as Eurostat, the European Commission’s Report on Health Status in the European Union in 2023, the Registry of Inequalities in Cancer Cases in Europe in 2023, as well as other European statistics, cancer emerged as the main health concern in Romania.

According to a study conducted in 2022 in 34 countries, as well as data published by the European Commission in 2023, the following statistics are the most concerning in Romania:

  • Romania ranks first in the European Union in preventable and treatable deaths;
  • In Romania, cancer is a concern for all population segments, regardless of age, gender, income, or education;
  • 1 in 6 deaths in Romania is caused by cancer;
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Romania, after cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 19% of all deaths;
  • Globally, cardiovascular diseases rank 9th in health concerns;
  • 35% of Romanians, regardless of age or gender, consider cardiovascular diseases as the 2nd health problem nationally;
  • 34% of Romanian citizens perceive cancer as a major health issue;
  • In Romania, the level of concern regarding cancer is 49%;
  • Lung cancer and colorectal cancer are the two main causes of avoidable deaths due to cancer in Romania;

Globally, the main cause of mortality is represented by cardiovascular conditions. Regarding cancer in Romania, most people are identified with lung, colorectal, and breast cancer, while in terms of incidence, the ranking differs by gender. Thus, the main forms of cancer diagnosed in men in 2022 were prostate cancer (20%), lung cancer (15%), and colorectal cancer (15%), while among women, breast cancer would be the main type of cancer (28%), followed by colorectal cancer (12%) and cervical cancer (8%).

Today, on World Health Day, InfoCons makes available to all consumers the InfoCons European App. With the help of the app, consumers can choose what they eat by simply scanning the barcode of the products. Thus, anyone can access essential information in any of the 33 languages ​​in which the app is available, such as:

  • Scanning the barcodes of food products to find out the ingredients, the number and type of food additives, allergens, the amount of sugar, salt, calories;
  • Personalizing the app for those with certain health problems and special dietary needs by setting the quantity of salt, sugar, allergens, numerical and types of additives;
  • Calculator where the quantity of product consumed can be entered to instantly find out: the amount of salt and sugar, the number of calories, as well as the sports activities needed to burn those calories (walking, running, and cycling);
  • Saving the scanned product in the “Saved Products” section, consumers thus having the possibility to create their own shopping list, daily/weekly menu, recipes.

The InfoCons European App is a useful and free tool that can be used in 33 languages, which can be downloaded from the following stores: App Store, Google Play, and App Gallery.

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