In the recent study from the Office of National Statistics, the data shows that there were 533,253 deaths registered in England. Whilst for Wales in 2017, there was a 1.6% increase from 2016. This is the highest number registered yearly since 2003. Additionally, there have been reductions in age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) since 2017 and both genders have decreased. Males decreased by 0.4% while females decreased by 0.2%. On the other hand, there have been increases; this is referring to both the number of deaths and age-specific mortality rates for people aged 90 years and over, which had seen an increase in 2017 by 4.4% and 2.9% was individually more noticeable for females.
Signifying that deaths are occurring more due to cancer rather than other diseases, this suggests that ASMRs for cancers, respiratory diseases, and circulatory disease will have a continual decrease in 2017. In the meantime, the rates for mental and behavioural disorders and including diseases of the nervous system have improved by 3.6% and 7.0% individually. In England 2017, Blackpool had been replaced by City of Kingston upon Hull as the local authority with the highest ASMR rate, since it had increased by 7.1% from 2016.
Moreover, it has been the first time in five years that the infant mortality rate increased to 4.0 deaths per 1,000 live births. This implies that the neonatal rate will also increase by 3.6% compared with 2016, whereas the post-neonatal rate will stay the same.
The data from the Office of National Statistics display that the population is both ageing and growing, meaning if you take these two factors it will suggest that the mortality rates reduced slightly from 2016 to 2017, including both males and females. While the mortality rates for cancers, respiratory diseases, and circulatory diseases have also reduced, the rates have had an upsurge for mental and behavioural disorders, like dementia and diseases of the nervous system, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Additionally, you could partially link this to the fact we have better knowledge of these conditions, suggesting that it could lead to better identification and diagnosis. The number of infant deaths has seen a decrease in 2017 due to the number of live births has decreased more drastically. The infant mortality rate has risen for the first time in five years.
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