• Top Causes of Death in Europe

    It is important to assess the main causes of death in any region. This is to provide a solution to the cause and find ways on how to improve the life expectancy of the population. In Europe, researchers continue to analyze and compare statistics from previous data on the main causes of death in the region. The 2011 findings show there were improvements from death rates from 2000-2009. As of recently, here are the top causes of death in Europe.

    Circulatory system diseases

    This is related to diseases caused by high-blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and cholesterol. The most common causes of death were ischaemic heart diseases and cerebrovascular diseases. The Baltic member states (Hungary and Slovakia) reported the highest death rates with 200 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. France, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg and the Netherlands had the lowest rates at 50 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.


    Cancer affects almost all European countries at the same rate averaging 169 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The most common forms that affected the population are malignant neoplasms of the larynx, bronchus and lungs, trachea, breast, colon, and other “stated or presumed to be primary of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue”. The findings also show that men outnumbered women in terms of cancer deaths.

    Respiratory diseases

    The United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Denmark recorded the highest death rates from respiratory diseases in 2009 with an average of 43.6 per 100,000 inhabitants; making it the third most common cause of death in Europe. Chronic lower respiratory disease and pneumonia are the most common respiratory diseases that lowered mortality. Age is also a factor as the majority of deaths were among those aged 65 and above.

    External causes

    External causes of death include transport accidents and intentional self-harm (suicide). Although recorded rates are low (suicide: Highest country is Lithuania with 10.3 deaths per 100,000; transport accidents: Romania, Greece, Lithuania, Poland averaged 12 deaths per 100,000), it is an important factor to address for the society.



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