MORE than one-in-three male deaths in Bathurst in 2017 could have been avoided, according to the latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
According to the data, 305 people died in Bathurst during 2017 at an average age of 79.
The figures found 34 per cent of these deaths were deemed to be premature - that is, death before the age of 75.
Bathurst mean were more likely to die before age 75 than Bathurst women, with suicide, influenza and pneumonia among the major causes.
Overall, 20 per cent of Bathurst deaths were deemed potentially avoidable, with the rate much higher for Bathurst men (38 per cent) than women (17 per cent.)
The top causes of death in Bathurst between 2013 and 2017 were coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (such as stroke), dementia and alzheimer's disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, diabetes, colorectal cancer, hypertensive disease, influenza and pneumonia, heart failure and complications.
The top-10 causes of death were similar for men and women, though suicide and prostate cancer made the top-10 list for men whereas breast cancer and hypertensive disease were in the top-10 causes for women.
These patterns are similar Australia-wide. The leading cause of death for males in 2017 was heart disease while females were more likely to die from dementia and alzheimer's disease.
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In NSW, 52,778 people died in 2017 with a median age of 82. Just under a third of these deaths were premature.
The top causes of death were also coronary heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer's disease and cerebrovascular disease.
The median age for males to die in NSW was 79 while females were more likely to live until 85.
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