Not a nice topic. But for the research-minded, the Office for National Statistics has just released some interesting data showing the leading causes of death for different age groups.
The age groups are quite big, so the biggest single killer of boys/men in the 5-19 age range is suicide, which looks a bit weird. We’re assuming that for the little ones accidents are probably more likely. However, it’s no surprise that it continues to be the leading cause of death for men in the 20-34 age range and 35-49 age range. Older than that, heart disease and cancer kicks in. For girls/women, suicide is joint top with traffic accidents in the 5-19 age range, and is the leading cause of death for women aged 20-34. After that breast cancer and liver disease take over.
We’ve put together a handy table for you so that you can see it all clearly (no one likes spreadsheets do they?) If your eyesight doesn’t like the image below, you can download a bigger version of this table here, or view the ONS release on our Research & Stats page.