What’s killing us? Rates of lung disease, fatal car crashes well above average

FATAL FLAW: The rate  of fatal lung disease in Orange is more than 55 per cent higher than the national average.
FATAL FLAW: The rate of fatal lung disease in Orange is more than 55 per cent higher than the national average.

THE number of deaths from lung disease in Orange is more than 50 per cent higher than the national mortality rate, new data shows.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest data analyses the most common causes of death across Australia from 2012 to 2016, and reveals the top 20 causes by Local Government Area.

Across Australia, the biggest killer of men and women during the five-year period was heart disease, this followed by dementia and Alzheimer disease, stroke, lung cancer and lung disease.

Heart disease was also the biggest killer in the Orange LGA, with 199 deaths recorded during the five-year period, the equivalent of 12.3 per cent of all deaths.

Land transport accidents during the five-year reporting period may have only killed 23 people in Orange, but the rate was more than twice as high as the national mortality rate.

The stark difference in Orange, when compared to the national mortality rate, was much higher rates of death by stroke, lung disease and cancer of unknown or ill-defined primary site.

Strokes accounted for 8 per cent of all deaths with 130 in total, however, this was 32 per cent higher than the national rate.

Lung disease killed 99 people (6.1 per cent of deaths) in the Orange LGA, which was 55 per cent higher than the national rate.

Cancer of unknown or ill-defined primary site killed 53 people (3.3 per cent of the mortality rate), which was 45 per cent higher than Australia’s mortality rate.

Land transport accidents during the five-year reporting period may have only killed 23 people (1.4 per cent of all deaths) in Orange, but the rate was more than twice as high as the national mortality rate.

Heart disease rated as the top killer for men and women, followed by stroke.

The third most common cause of death for women was dementia and Alzheimer disease, while for men it was lung disease.

Death by suicide ranked 18th overall in the list for cause of mortality in Orange with 21 deaths during the five-year period, 16 were male and five were female.

If you are troubled by this report or experiencing a personal crisis, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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