Most common cause of death in Israel is cancer

Central Bureau of Statistics report reveals most common causes of death in Israel.

Mordechai Sones,

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About a quarter of Israeli deaths are caused by cancer, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics report published Wednesday.

The second most common cause of death is heart disease (15.3% of the cases). Only 4% of deaths are caused by traffic accidents, suicides, and homicides.

In 2016, 43,966 civilians died in Israel, representing 0.5% of Israel's population in that year. 49.4% of the dead were men, while 50.6% were women. 81% of the dead were over age 65 (of which 66% were over the age of 75 and 38% were over the age of 85). Six percent were under the age of 45, 1.3% were infants up to one year old.

Additional circumstances of death mentioned in the report: Infectious diseases - 5.8% of the number of deaths in that year; diabetes and stroke - 5.2% for each category.

Of the men who passed away in 2016, 92.6% died as a result of cancer, as did 74.1% of women who died that year.

The most common cancers among men were bronchial trachea and lung cancer (24.1% of all deaths from cancer), large intestine and rectal cancer (11.2%), and pancreatic cancer (9.1%).

The most common cancers among women were breast cancer (20.9% of all cancer deaths), bronchial trachea and lung cancer (11.7%) and large intestine and rectal cancer (10.8%). Among men, the third most common cause of death was infectious disease (5.7% of deaths) followed by all external causes (5.6% of deaths).

Among women, the third most common cause of death was infectious diseases (5.9% of deaths) followed by cerebrovascular diseases (5.6%). External causes of death unrelated to morbidity were fourth among men and eighth in women.

In childhood (5-17 years) the most common causes of death are external causes (25.9%) and cancer (22.2%). Among young people aged 18-24, most deaths were caused by external causes (54.2%), while in the 25-44 age group, the most common cause of death is cancer, as in the 45-64 age group. In the 85 and over age group, the most common cause of death is heart disease (19.3%).

The report shows that the distribution of causes of death differs between the two populations in Israel. While cancer is the leading cause of death among 25.4% of Jews, in the Arab population this causes 21.4% of deaths.




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