The Most Common Causes Of Death In Australia

Stop worrying about plane crashes and the impending zombie apocalypse. The most common cause of death in Australia remains heart disease, though the risk of the former has dropped over the past decade.

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New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures analyse causes of death between 2001 and 2010. Heart disease accounted for 20 per cent of all deaths in 2001, but that figure dropped to 15 per cent by 2010. Conversely, deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer's disease are on the rise (up from 2.9 per cent to 6.3 per cent).

Here are the top 20 causes of death in 2010, a year in which 141,070 Australians died:

  • Ischaemic heart diseases
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Dementia and Alzheimer disease
  • Trachea, bronchus and lung cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Colon, sigmoid, rectum and anus cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Blood and lymph cancer (including leukaemia)
  • Heart failure
  • Diseases of the urinary system
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Intentional self-harm
  • Skin cancers
  • Hypertensive diseases
  • Accidental falls
  • Cirrhosis and other diseases of liver
  • Cardiac arrhythmias



    Exercise. Eat right. Die anyway.
    Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is 100%

      Pessimism, should be up there too then, eh? :)

    I can understand 19 of those reasons why you die, but "Accidental falls"? That's a lot of tripping over...

      Blame smart phones

      I notice that "suicide" isn't mentioned - Could these "accidents" be a euphemism?

        Yes they are - "Intentional self-harm"

        If I remember correctly, suicide is the most common cause of death people under the age of something like 45.

        Because the list is only of the top 20 causes of death in Australia.....there are many more!

      They would be mostly elderly, and 'tripping over' may not be the direct cause. They may die from not being able to get up for 3 days.

        What alexthelion says. Also, falls in the eldery generally leads to broken bones, hospital admissions, potential infections, and a lot more complications.

      Accidental: falls off roof, houses, ladders, skate boards, tripping (aged/drunk/bad eye sight etc.) winter snow sports, water jumping, falling off cliffs ..... do you want me to keep going???

    Of course, everyone dies of SOMEthing, and "Natural causes" or "Old age" are no longer acceptable reasons. Hence the large number of deaths caused by, effectively, being old and wearing out.

    hahaha --- The most common cause of death in Australia is not any of those mentioned above is simply Natural Causes (i.e. Too OLD) . It seems we like to forget we are not here forever!

      Old age is not a cause of death.

        I like to think so, for one day it too will be staved off with our superior medical technology.

      Oh dear what age does "Too OLD" mean to you?? I know I am past water skying any more but should I up and die cos you may think me too OLD??

    obesity should be number 1, stupid fat f**kers screw themselves over

      Are you saying you want fat people to die ? Or you think that it actually is the number 1 cause of death

    Obesity is the #1 killer Tom, it's called Ischemic heart disease. Old age is not a 'cause' of death!

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