The Department of Health has published an updated version of its annual mortality monitoring bulletin covering life expectancy, mortality and mortality from selected causes.
Life Expectancy at birth
Life expectancy at birth in England has continued to increase for both males and females, reaching 78.4 and 82.4 years respectively in 2008-10
Mortality from selected causes of death
- Cancer: The mortality rate from cancer at ages under 75 in England has continued to decline, at 110 deaths per 100,000 population in 2008-10, a decrease of 14% since 1999-01
- Circulatory diseases: The mortality rate from circulatory diseases at ages under 75 in England has continued to decline, at 67 deaths per 100,000 population in 2008-10, a decrease of 41% since 1999-01
- Suicide: The mortality rate from suicide and injury of undetermined intent in England was 7.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 2008-10, a fall of 15% since 1999-01, but having remained around 7.9 since 2005-07
- Accidents: There has been little change in the England mortality rate from accidents since 1999-01; however, in 2008-10 the rate fell by 2.8% compared with 2007-09, from 15.7 to 15.2 deaths per 100,000 population - this was mainly due to a fall in the rate for males
Inequalities in life expectancy and mortality
- Although life expectancy is improving in the areas which had the worst health and deprivation- both the absolute and relative gaps in female life expectancy between these areas and England as a whole increased between 1999-01 and 2008-10. For male life expectancy, the absolute and relative gaps were broadly unchanged over the same period, although the relative gap widened slightly between 2004-06 and 2007-09.
- For mortality rates from cancer and circulatory diseases at ages under 75, the absolute gap between the areas which had the worst health and deprivation and England narrowed between 1999-01 and 2008-10, but the relative gap widened