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a scottish flag image cbJune 29 2018

Ischaemic heart disease was the cause of death in 11.6 % of all deaths in Scotland in 2017. This was slightly ahead of Alzheimer’s disease which was cited in 11.3% of deaths, followed by lung cancer accounting for 7.0% of deaths.

Data published by National Records of Scotland, in its Vital Events Reference Tables 2017, indicates that:

  • collectively, deaths due to all cancers increased 1.9%;
  • deaths from respiratory disease fell by 6.1%;
  • there were 3,927 deaths from cerebrovascular disease (a decrease of 5.2%).

The overall data indicates that there were 5,022 more deaths than births registered in Scotland in 2017, a widening of the gap since 2016 when there were 2,240 more deaths than births.

Anne Slater, the Acting Registrar General for Scotland, said: “With a growing and ageing population, it may be expected that the number of deaths will increase. The age-standardised death rate adjusts for changes to the population structure and has had a greater decrease over time than the number of deaths.  

“However, there has been no improvement in the age-standardised death rate in the last three years, suggesting that we may be reaching a turning point, or a plateau in the long-term downward trend in mortality.”

Link:
Scottish Government announcement    
National Records of Scotland ‘Vital Events Reference Tables’     

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