Leading Causes of Death - Statistics in Niagara

Females

From 2003 to 2007, many of the leading causes of death in women were due to some type of cancer. Cancer of the lung and bronchus, breast, and colon, rectum and anus, make the list of the top five causes of death of women ages 0-64 in Niagara. In addition, ischaemic heart disease and cirrhosis and other liver diseases make the top five.

Ischaemic heart disease includes any problems that arise from circulation issues within the heart muscle. This includes heart attacks, amongst other problem.

Cerebrovascular disease is another type of cardiovascular disease which affects blood flow to the brain.

Leading Causes of Death for Females Ages 0-64 in Niagara
Cause of death in females age 0-64 yearsPercent
Cancer of the lung & bronchus11.5%
Cancer of the breast9.5%
Ischaemic heart disease8.0%
Cancer of the colon, rectum and anus4.5%
Cerebrovascular disease3.4%
Source: Leading Causes of Death 2003-2007, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO Data. Last Refreshed July 2012.

Females ages 65 and over also have some of the same causes of death as younger females - ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cancer of the lung and bronchus. In addition, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes complete the top five causes of death for females ages 65 and over. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are degenerative brain diseases that impact brain function.

Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the body either cannot produce or use insulin properly. This can lead to premature death or other complications.

Leading Causes of Death for Females age 65 and over in Niagara
Cause of death in females age 65 years and overPercent
Ischaemic heart disease23.3%
Cerebrovascular diseases9.0%
Dementia and Alzheimer disease7.0%
Cancer of the lung & bronchus5.6%
Diabetes4.8%
Source: Leading Causes of Death 2003-2007, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO Data. Last Refreshed July 2012.

Males

Similar to females, males age 0-64 have ischaemic heart disease, cancer of the lung and bronchus and cancer of the colon, rectum and anus are in the top five leading causes of death. In addition, intentional self-harm and transport accidents complete the top five list.

Leading Causes of Death for Males age 0-64 in Niagara
Cause of death in males age 0-64 yearsPercent
Ischaemic heart disease15.7%
Cancer of the lung & bronchus8.4%
Intentional self-harm5.7%
Transport accidents4.5%
Cancer of the colon, rectum and anus3.8%
Source: Leading Causes of Death 2003-2007, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO Data. Last Refreshed July 2012.

Similar to females, ischaemic heart disease, cancer of the lung and bronchus, cerebrovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus are included in the top five list of leading causes of death in males age 65 and over. In addition, chronic lower respiratory diseases are included for males.

Leading Causes of Death for Males age 65 and over in Niagara
Cause of death in males age 65 years and overPercent
Ischaemic heart disease23.6%
Cancer of the lung & bronchus8.1%
Cerebrovascular diseases6.3%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases5.2%
Diabetes 4.6%
Source: Leading Causes of Death 2003-2007, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO Data. Last Refreshed July 2012.
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