3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 1999
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2000
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Cancer still the biggest killer but Australians live longer
Malignant neoplasms (cancer) accounted for 27% of all deaths registered in 1999, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Despite the increase in the number of cancer deaths, the standardised death rate from cancer declined between 1998 and 1999 by 1.3%. The standardised death rate for deaths from all causes declined between 1998 and 1999 and this is consistent with continuing improvements in life expectancy in Australia.
There were 128,102 deaths registered in 1999. Apart from cancer, the other leading causes of death were ischaemic heart diseases (22%) and strokes (9.6%). The standardised death rate for all causes was 584 (per 100,000 population) in 1999, down 2.2% from 598 in 1998 and down 23% from 759 in 1989.
Deaths registered in 1999 were classified using the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) and are generally comparable at the broad level to deaths coded to ICD-9.
Other features of the 1999 data include:
More details are available in Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0) available from ABS Bookshop.
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