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577,885 deaths occurred in England and Wales in 1993 compared with 558,313 in 1992. ...
577,885 deaths occurred in England and Wales in 1993 compared with 558,313 in 1992.

The four main causes of death were heart disease (25% of all deaths), cancer (24%), respiratory disease (16%) and cerebrovascular disease (11%).

This and other information on cause of death in England and Wales in 1993 analysed by sex, age and cause of death are published in an OPCS report.*

Some other key statistics for 1993 include

- 21,660 males and 10,943 females died from cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung

- There were 13,026 deaths from cancer of the female breast

- 81,616 males and 66,543 females died from ischaemic heart disease

There were 41,741 female deaths from cerebrovascular disease (stroke) compared with 25,028 male deaths

- Deaths from stomach cancer have fallen by one half since 1971, for both males and females, when allowance is made for the effects of changes in age structure of the population

- There have also been long term declines in deaths from heart disease and cerebrovascular disease for both sexes, over the same period. Deaths from lung cancer have risen since 1971 for females, but fallen steadily for males

The report also gives an account of recent changes in coding deaths by cause, and the effects of these changes on numbers in 1993.

- Mortality Statistics: Cause 1993 Series DH2 No.20 HMSO Price £20.15 ISBN 0 11 691636 2.

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