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Dementia could be leading cause of death among men in England by 2020

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has published a new report, Health Profile for England (2018), which details health and protection issues such as life expectancy, major causes of death and mortality trends. This data is used in shaping long-term planning in the NHS in England and Wales.

The report has projected that by 2020, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 population) for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may overtake heart disease in men. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are already the leading cause of death in women. In 2016, dementia accounted for 15.8% of deaths of women in England, compared to 8.6% for men.

Additionally, the report showed that for people aged over 80, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are already the leading cause of death for both sexes, a fact already noted in 2015, in the annual report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on deaths in England and Wales. In 2013, the ONS’ report had already shown that dementia was the leading cause of female deaths.

The full 2018 report from Public Health England can be read here.

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