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The UK's five big killers

6th March 2013

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that the UK needs to take action to manage preventable diseases.

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His “call to action” comes as a major study has found that Britain has fallen behind many Western countries on progress on the five big killers of heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung and liver disease.

Figures show that they account for more than 150,000 deaths a year among under-75s in England alone and the Department of Health estimates 30,000 of these are entirely avoidable.

Coronary Heart Disease is the biggest killer, leading to 200 deaths a day in the UK with smoking, being overweight and having high blood pressure all risk factors.

Mr Hunt wants everybody aged 40-74 offered a health check once every five years to look for things like high blood pressure.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in England each year and the leading cause of disability while cancer has become so common that today one in 30 people living in the UK either has cancer or is in remission.

The Chief Medical Officer of England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, highlighted liver disease as an issue in her annual report. It is the only major cause of mortality and morbidity that is on the increase in England but it is decreasing elsewhere in Europe.

 

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Anonymous

Wednesday 6th March 2013 @ 17:41

Alarming though these figures are, the fact that they pertain to an advanced European country like England is really surprising!


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