Death is an inevitable part of life, but how common are its causes?
Newly-released national health data details the MIA’s most common causes of death over the last five years.
Around 765,911 deaths were analysed and compiled by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Information showed Griffith didn’t stray too far from the national average.
Griffith’s leading cause of death is coronary heart disease, which has contributed to around 114 deaths over the last five years.
It was closely followed by dementia and alzheimers, making up about 7.3 per cent of deaths, thought it sits eight per cent below the national average.
Cerebrovascular disease – a condition affecting blood vessels in the brain – was Griffith’s third most common killer.
Things looked similar in Leeton, with the two Local Government Area’s (LGA) sharing the most common cause of death.
Heart disease remain the leading fatality across the nation, with Leeton sitting at around 24 percent above the national average.
Narrandera also bucked the national trend with rates of lung cancer deaths towering 58 per cent over the rest of the nation.
The AIHW data show the median age of Australians who died between 2012 and 2016 was 78 for men and 84 for women.
Heart disease was the biggest killer for those aged between 45 and 64 and those over 75. Heart attacks are a distinct second among those aged between 65 and 74, as that is the age you are most likely to succumb to lung cancer.
Among those aged between 15 and 44, suicide was the most common cause of death.
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