Deaths

Mortality in Wakefield

Across the district there are around 3,200 deaths each year, roughly equating to 1% of the population of 333,000 residents of Wakefield Metropolitan district Council.

Infant mortality is low in the district, with rates being similar to the national average. Wakefield has less than 3 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to the national average of around 4 per 1,000 live births.

Premature Deaths

As an outcome of poor health and wellbeing, premature deaths rates show the diseases that are driving the short lives in an area.

  • Wakefield district is the 110 worst Local Authority of 150 Local Authorities across the country.
  • Cancer Deaths Wakefield district is the 115 worst Local Authority of 150 Local Authorities across the country.
  • Lung Cancer Deaths Wakefield district is the 125 worst Local Authority of 150 Local Authorities across the country.
  • Heart disease and Stroke Deaths Wakefield district is the 111 worst Local Authority of 150 Local Authorities across the country.
  •  Stroke Deaths Wakefield district is the 134 worst Local Authority of 150 Local Authorities across the country.

Inequality

Dying younger in the district is associated with deprivation; those areas that are more deprived have greater rates of mortality when standardised. This is consistent across diseases such as cardiovascular, heart, cancer and liver disease. In addition males fair worse in terms of mortality rates, dying younger than females in a similarly deprived area.

The Burden

The table below demonstrates the standardized rates for premature mortality in Wakefield, from the major disease groups. The rates are calculated separately for males and females, demonstrating the differences between the genders for disease burden.

All of the major disease groups are covered by premature mortality statistics. The rates are standardised for the population within an area for age and sex. This creates the comparative rates that allow Wakefield to be compared with the national average. The area fairs poorly against this benchmark for most of the disease mortality indicators, demonstrating that people in the area are more likely to die aged under 75 years from most of the major diseases including; cardiovascular, cancer, respiratory and liver diseases.

Resources

Infant Mortality Profiles

End of Life Profiles

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