Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL): International Comparisons

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Examining Canada’s Health System Performance 

People who die prematurely can be thought of as having lost years of potential life.

Potential years of life lost, or PYLL, is a measure of premature mortality. It estimates the additional time a person would have lived had he or she not died prematurely (before age 70).

Use this tool to compare leading causes of premature death from 18 high-income countries over a 50-year period. Explore early death due to cancer, heart disease, stroke (cerebrovascular disease) and external causes such as falls, traffic accidents, accidental poisonings and intentional self-harm.

Use the following filters to change the values in the figure. Each time you make a change, the figure will update automatically.

    PYLL for selected countries, 1960 to 2010: Relative position;  
    PYLL for selected countries, 1960 to 2010: Absolute rate;  

    Note I: Linear extrapolation using simple average estimates was used to replace missing values of potential years of life lost.

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