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released: 17 Dec 2010 author: AIHW media release

This bulletin uses potential years of life lost to describe mortality patterns for deaths due to chronic disease. It shows that most premature deaths were due to chronic disease. The leading cause of premature mortality among females was breast cancer and among males it was coronary heart disease. Further, the bulletin highlights that a large proportion of premature chronic disease deaths were also potentially avoidable.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-072-4; Cat. no. AUS 133; 20pp.; Internet only

Highlights

In 2007, 83% of all premature deaths (that is, deaths among people aged less than 75 years) were due to chronic disease.

The leading cause of chronic disease premature mortality among females was breast cancer, accounting for 12% of years of life lost; among males it was coronary heart disease, accounting for 16% of years of life lost.

Premature mortality from chronic disease among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged males was nearly twice as high as among the least disadvantaged males; among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged females it was 60% higher than the least disadvantaged females.

Of all the premature chronic disease deaths in 2007, more than 3 in 5 (64%) were potentially avoidable.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2010. Premature mortality from chronic disease. AIHW bulletin no. 84. Cat. no. AUS 133. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442472466>.