Premature death rates low

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Residents in East Sussex are less likely to die prematurely from disease than those living in other parts of the country, new figures have revealed.

Statistics published on Public Health England’s Longer Lives website, set up to show how mortality rates vary between local authorities, put East Sussex among the top areas for low rates of premature death.

The figures, for 2009 to 2011, relate to the number of residents who have died under the age of 75 from cancer, heart disease and stroke, lung disease and liver disease.

Dr Diana Grice, East Sussex County Council’s director of Public Health, said, “Although people living in East Sussex have low rates of premature mortality there is still a 13-year variation in life expectancy between those wards with the highest and lowest life expectancy in the county.

“These statistics are very helpful in identifying which areas of public health need to be addressed to drive down the numbers of premature deaths.

“There is still a lote more that can be done to reduce preventable deaths of our residents in some parts of East Sussex.”

For premature deaths from cancer, East Sussex recorded 102 deaths per 100,000 residents between 2009 and 2011.

This puts the county 55th out of 150.

Early deaths from heart disease and stroke in East Sussex were also low compared to other authorities, with 51 deaths per 100,000 residents over the same period.

Councillor Keith Glazier, the Leader of East Sussex County Council, added, “The county council works hard to promote healthy living among our residents.

“And these figures show that, on the whole, people living in East Sussex lead healthy lives.

“However, any number of premature deaths is too many and we will use the data published by Public Health England to ensure that the work we do is targeting those most at risk from disease.”