Causes of death in 2009 – Falling mortality rates but increase in deaths due to dementia

Neuchâtel, 24.11.2011 - (FSO) - Cardiovascular diseases, cancer and dementia are the three most common causes of death in Switzerland The average age at death continued to rise and is today 74.4 years for men and 81.2 for women. 57% of the deceased were aged 80 or older, 78% aged at least 70. Other causes are predominant in the deaths of younger people. Cancer is responsible for the greatest number of potential years of life lost. In second place are accidents while cardiovascular diseases rank third. These are the main findings from the Federal Statistical Office's cause of death statistics.

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