Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death

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Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in NRW

188,944 people died in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) last year. This corresponds to a decline of around 1.7 percent compared to the previous year. The most common cause of death is circulatory diseases. This was announced by "Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen" (IT.NRW) as the State Statistical Office on Wednesday.

70,111 deaths from circulatory diseases in NRW
37.1 percent of deaths occurred due to diseases of the circulatory system such as a heart attack. With a total of 70,111 deaths, circulatory diseases continue to occupy the sad leading position. 41.0 percent women and 32.9 percent of men died of it last year.

The second leading cause of death (27.3 percent) was malignant neoplasms in 2011, from which a total of 51,569 people died. 30.2 percent, around a third, of these deaths concerned cancer of the digestive organs, according to IT.NRW. About a quarter (23.3 percent) caused cancer of the respiratory system to death and 19.0 percent was caused by cancer of the genital organ. Overall, the number of deaths from cancer was about two percent higher than in the previous year. "Men died of cancer of the respiratory system twice as often as women," continues the latest press release from IT.NRW.

At 8.5 percent, diseases of the respiratory system (without malignant neoplasms) were the third leading cause of death in NRW. 16,102 citizens died from it. Digestive system diseases led to death in 8,924 people (4.7 percent). (ag)

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