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.
- Cancer includes all cancers (neoplasms).
- Cerebrovascular diseases are often referred to as strokes.
- External causes include traffic accidents, falls, accidental poisonings and intentional self-harm.
- Ischemic heart disease is often known as coronary artery disease.
- Lung cancer includes cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung.