Diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke are deadlier in the developing world than in rich nations.
This is the finding of a new analysis from researchers at Imperial College London.
The paper, published in the journal Nature, revealed that death rates in low and middle income tropical countries from so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), are higher than from NCDs in Western countries.
Non-communicable disease are defined as conditions that cannot pass from person-to-person and include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, neurological conditions such as dementia, and mental health disorders.
Professor Majid Ezzati, lead author of the analysis from the School of Public Health at Imperial, said: “The classic portrayal of disease in poor countries is one of infections and parasites, and not conditions such as cancer and heart disease which people associate with wealthy nations. However this is not the case, and low income countries suffer more from chronic conditions than richer countries.”
Among other findings, the new analysis revealed death rates from heart disease in low and middle income tropical countries were higher than that of high income countries – at least 90 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 61 deaths per 100,000 people.
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