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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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Malignant neoplasms (cancers) and ischaemic heart disease were the leading causes of death for Tasmanians in 2002, accounting for 1,179 and 769 deaths respectively.

Malignant neoplasms were responsible for 33.3% of male deaths and 25.8% of female deaths.

Diseases of the circulatory system, which include ischaemic heart diseases and cerebrovascular diseases, brought about the deaths of 1,508 persons in 2002, accounting for 37.9% of deaths recorded in that year. Some 34.5% of male deaths (702) and 41.4% of female deaths (806) were attributable to these diseases.

Deaths from cerebrovascular diseases (including strokes) were more common for females than males, resulting in 223 female deaths (11.5% of female deaths), compared to the lower figure of 144 male deaths (7.1% of male deaths) in 2002.

Diseases of the respiratory system accounted for 343 deaths in 2002. There were 183 male (9.0% of males) and 160 female (8.2% of females) deaths from diseases of the respiratory system.

There were 70 deaths (1.8% of all deaths) attributed to intentional self-harm (suicide) in Tasmania in 2002. Of these, 54 (77.1%) were males and 16 (22.9%) were females. Males aged from 25 to 39 years accounted for 32.9% of all deaths from intentional self-harm, with 23 deaths.

There were 44 deaths (1.1% of all deaths) from transport accidents in Tasmania in 2002. Of these, 29 (65.9%) were males and 15 (34.1%) were females. Males aged from 15-29 years accounted for 22.7% of all deaths from transport accidents in 2002, with 10 deaths.

There were 98 deaths (2.5% of all deaths) from diabetes mellitus in Tasmania in 2002. Of these, 56 (57.1%) were males and 42 (42.9%) were females. People aged 65 years and over accounted for 88.8% of all deaths from diabetes mellitus, with 87 deaths.


LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH, Tasmania - 2002

Males
Females
Total

Cause of death
no.
no.
no.

Mental and behavioural disorders
29
51
80
Diseases of the nervous system
53
76
129
Diseases of the respiratory system
183
160
343
Diseases of the digestive system
63
69
132
Diseases of the genitourinary system
26
37
63
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases
75
60
135
Diabetes mellitus
56
42
98
Neoplasms
695
513
1,208
Malignant neoplasms
677
502
1,179
Diseases of the circulatory system
702
806
1,508
Ischaemic heart diseases
399
370
769
Cerebrovascular diseases
144
223
367
External causes of morbidity and mortality
139
94
233
Transport accidents
29
15
44
Intentional self-harm
54
16
70
Other causes of death
69
79
148
Total
2,034
1,945
3,979

(a) Includes certain infectious and parasitic diseases, diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism, diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, diseases of the ear and mastoid process, diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, certain conditions originating in the perinatal period, congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities.

Source: Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0).

SELECTED CAUSES OF DEATH, Tasmania - 2002




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