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- The fact is that people die, and often of preventable disease before their time. Here are the leading causes of death in Australia according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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20. Malignant neoplasm of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
- Cancerous tumours of the liver and bile duct cancer killed 1,864 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 71-years-old.
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19. Melanoma and other malignant neoplasms of skin
- Varieties of skin cancers killed 1,960 Australians during 2016, with people dying at the median age of 77-years-old.
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18. Hypertensive diseases
- The high blood pressure diseases that can cause heart failure killed 2,228 Australians in one year at the median age of 88-years-old.
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17. Cardiac arrhythmias
- The irregular heartbeat condition killed 2,326 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 88-years-old.
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16. Accidental falls
- Accidental falls killed 2,666 Australians in one year at the median age of 87-years-old.
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15. Intentional self-harm [suicide]
- There were 2,862 Australians who killed themselves in one year at the median age of 43-years-old. The Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1800 198 313.
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14. Malignant neoplasm of pancreas
- Pancreas cancer killed 2,911 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 75-years-old.
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13. Malignant neoplasms of breast
- Breast cancer killed 3,004 Australians in one year and at the median age of 70-years-old.
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12. Malignant neoplasm of prostate
- Prostate cancer killed 3,248 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 82-years-old.
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11. Influenza and pneumonia
- The flu killed 3,334 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 88-years-old.
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10. Diseases of the urinary system
- Urinary diseases killed 3,352 Australians in one year at the median age of 87-years-old.
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9. Heart failure and complications and ill-defined heart disease
- Heat failure and other heart-related issues killed 3,379 Australians in one year at the median age of 88-years-old.
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8. Malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, haematopoietic and related tissue
- Lymph node cancer and related cancers killed 4,372 Australians in one year at the median age of 77-years-old.
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- Diabetes killed 4,770 Australians in one year at the median age of 81-years-old.
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6. Malignant neoplasm of colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus
- Colon cancer and related cancers killed 5,462 Australians in one year at the median age of 77-years-old.
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5. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma killed 8,048 Australians in one year at the median age of 81-years-old.
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4. Malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung
- Lung cancer and related cancers killed 8,410 Australians in one year at a median age of 74-years-old.
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3. Cerebrovascular diseases
- Diseases of blood vessels and arteries that supply the brain and can cause a stroke killed 10,451 Australians in one year at the median age of 86-years-old.
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2. Dementia, including Alzheimer disease
- Dementia and Alzheimer's killed 13,126 Australians in one year at the median age of 88-years-old.
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1. Ischaemic heart diseases
- Heart diseases caused by restrictive blood flow killed 19,077 Australians in 2016 at the median age of 85-years-old.
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Dementia deaths nearly double
- Deaths from dementia have increased by more than 5,000 in 2016 compared with 2007.
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One in 12 deaths dementia related
- In Australia, one in 12 deaths are attributed to dementia. That's 13,126 deaths in 2016 compared with 7,318 in 2007.
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- There were 36 deaths per day, where the underlying cause was dementia.
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Death rate down for Ischaemic heart diseases
- Ischaemic heart diseases killed almost all of those it afflicted in 2007.
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- That number came crashing down by 2016, to 60%.
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Accidental fall deaths doubled
- The number of Australians who died from accidental falls doubled from 2007 to 2016.
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- There were 1,337 Australians who died from an accidental fall in 2007 and 2,666 Australians who died from an accidental fall in 2016.
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Dying too young
- Everyone has to die at one point, but some causes of death end people's lives far earlier than the average Australian. Suicide ends people's lives far earlier than any other cause of death.
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Dying too young
- Ischaemic heart diseases and Malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung also end Australians' lives earlier than other causes of death.
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12/06/18 | StarsInsider
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