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Premature mortality can be used as an important measure of the overall health of County Durham’s population and as an indicator of inequality between and within areas.

Preventable mortality is defined in the Public Health Outcomes Framework as ‘death that could potentially be avoided by public health interventions’.

Factsheet: Premature and preventable mortality (PDF, 982kb)

Key messages

  • Between 2012 and 2014 there were 16,174 deaths in County Durham, of which 5,712 (35.3%) were premature (aged less than 75 years). Proportionally this is larger than the national experience (31.9%). Of those 5,712 premature deaths 60% (3,448) were considered preventable. Proportionally, this is similar to the national experience (59%).
  • Premature mortality rates for the ‘biggest killers’ (cancer, heart disease and stroke) are higher in County Durham than nationally but have been reducing over time. Between 2012 and 2014, cardiovascular disease and cancer accounted for 62% of early or premature deaths.

 Links to data

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