Why Australians die

Discover the most common causes of death for Australians – the results may surprise you.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the 2012 statistics on the leading causes of death in Australia. Once again, ischaemic heart diseases (also known as coronary heart disease) topped the list, causing twice as many deaths as the next most prevalent cause. The two most common forms of ischaemic heart disease are heart attack and angina.

Next most common was cerebrovascular disease, the most common form of which is stroke.

The third most common cause of death in 2012 was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This one has moved up the list – in 2003 it was only the sixth most likely cause of death, taking just 4275 lives that year. In 20012 it caused the death of over 10,000 Australians.

Next on the list, in order, were respiratory cancers, lower respiratory disease, diabetes and colon cancers.

The flu and pneumonia were the 13th most likely cause, and intentional self-harm is the 14th.

Men were more likely to die from lung cancer than women, but women were more than twice as likely to die as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Read the original report at the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Do these results surprise you? Do you find the rise in death caused by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to be of concern? Or is this expected with Australia’s ageing population?