Chronic diseases and health promotion

Overview - Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment

Misunderstanding #4

MISUNDERSTANDING #4: chronic diseases can't be prevented

Adopting a pessimistic attitude, some people believe that there is nothing that can be done, anyway. In reality, the major causes of chronic diseases are known, and if these risk factors were eliminated, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; over 40% of cancer would be prevented.

80% of premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be prevented

Some 3.6 million women will die from coronary heart disease in 2005. More than eight out of 10 of these deaths will occur in low and middle income countries.