Premature deaths steal a million years of life every year

26 September 2013        

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More than a million years of life are lost each year in England due to treatable illnesses, according to new NHS figures.

The two biggest causes of early death are heart disease and cancer, making up around a third of all premature deaths.

The data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also revealed that people living in the north of England lose more years of life than those living in the south.

In Surrey and Sussex, just 1,738 years of life were lost per 100,000 people. However, in Bradford, 3,215 years of life were lost.

Our Associate Medical Director, Dr Mike Knapton, said: “We’ve made great progress in the fight against heart disease, but these figures highlight unacceptable health inequalities throughout the country.

“The only way to stop millions of years of life being lost is to tackle the root causes of premature deaths in all communities. The Government and local authorities must prioritise the prevention of heart disease and care for those who have it.

“But we shouldn’t forget all the things we can do to help protect our own hearts. Stopping smokingkeeping active and maintaining a healthy weight can all help look after your heart, no matter where you live.”