South Korea ranks the lowest in cancer-related deaths in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The country's traffic-related deaths have been on a steady decline but still remain higher than other advanced nations in the OECD.
According to data by the OECD and Statistics Korea, cancer is the number one cause of death in South Korea.
Of the over 280-thousand deaths reported in the country last year, over 78-thousand died of cancer which equals about three out of ten deaths.
Based on OECD standards, this converts to some 165 cancer-related deaths out of a population of 100-thousand. Compared to other nations, this figure is extremely low.
Mexico at 114 is the only country in the OECD with a figure lower than South Korea.
Korea's low figure is attributed to the expansion of health checkups and state-governed cancer management.
Cancer examination is conducted relating to the five major cancers for all Koreans 40 and older free of charge or at a modest fee once a year or every other year.
This has greatly helped the early detection of cancer, bringing down the death rate.
Meanwhile, South Korea has a higher number of traffic-related deaths than other advanced nations.
In 2016, ten out of a hundred-thousand people died from traffic accidents in Korea.
Only five countries in the OECD had higher rates including Mexico at 15.7, Chile 12.3 and the United States 12.
However traffic fatalities in Korea have improved over the years from its peak 49 deaths per hundred thousand people in 1995.
This is believed to be due to the mandatory seat belt regulation as well as anti-speeding measures, better road conditions, safer vehicles and changed perception of drivers.
Lowest traffic death rates are reported in countries like the UK at 2.8 and Japan 3.7.