Between 2001 and 2014 overall mortality rates fell by 24%, and the number of deaths a year fell by 10%. Cancer is the leading cause of death in both all ages and under 75’s responsible for 31% and 46% of deaths respectively.
- Mortality rates in general are falling; although liver disease, external causes and dementia have seen rates rise.
- Rates of early deaths are falling faster than in all age deaths.
- Mortality rates in the most deprived areas of Stockport are almost double those in the least deprived.
- Digestive mortality rates show the greatest inequality for both all ages and under 75.
- Mortality rates are higher in men than women in every major cause bar dementia, a disease of old age.
- Around 550 deaths a year are from preventable causes.
Key information for commissioners
- Smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity are the key causes of ill health and early death. Rates of each are significantly higher in the more deprived areas of Stockport.
- Improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer and liver disease. Screening opportunities are not always taken up, especially in the more deprived areas. Liver disease mortality has seen an increase, and rates in Stockport rank poorly compared to the national average.
- Mortality rates are almost 4 times higher for people with serious mental health conditions, than the Stockport average.