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Death rate statistics released

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Death rates from heart disease, stroke and cancer are significantly higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, new figures show.

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that heart and circulatory disease causes 231 deaths per 100,000 men across the UK as a whole, whereas in Scotland, the figure is 267 per 100,000.

Cancer was responsible for 159 deaths per 100,000 women across the UK, compared to 181 per 100,000 women in Scotland.

Comparing life expectancy in the UK with Europe, figures show that men are expected to live to 77.4 years - more than a year higher than the EU average of 76.1 years.

But deaths from respiratory diseases (including flu, pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory disease, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma) are higher in the UK than in any other EU country.

In the UK there are 87.7 deaths per 100,000 men and 64 per 100,000 women from respiratory diseases compared to an EU average of 63.4 and 32.5 respectively.

Meanwhile, women in the UK have 1.9 children on average, the third highest in the EU, only behind Ireland (two) and France (two).

The study also revealed that men are twice as likely as women in the UK to die from external causes, including accidents, falls, violence and self-harm.

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