Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Singapore Top 5 Killers

In affluent Singapore, cancer, heart disease and stroke remain the top killers. Cancer accounted for almost one in three of the 16,392 deaths last year. Coming a close second was heart disease, which resulted in about 23 per cent of deaths. Lung cancer remained the deadliest of all cancers in men, and breast cancer was the no. 1 killer for women.

While the number of deaths caused! by cancer and heart diseases increased by 8.6 per cent and 3.7 per cent respectively from the year before, death caused by stroke fell from 1,617 in 2005 to 1,457 last year.

Male Deaths in 2006
Cancer 2584
Heart Diseases 2254
Pneumonia 1141
Stroke 640
Accidents 255

Female Deaths in 2006
Cancer 2118
Heart Diseases 1536
Pneumonia 1087
Stroke 817
Diabetes 312

Source: Singapore Registry of Births and Deaths

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