UK’s biggest killers
Coronary Heart Disease – the biggest killer, causing almost 74,000 deaths each year in the UK. That’s about 200 people dying every day.
Respiratory diseases – The two main ones are asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD). England has one of the highest rates of asthma prevalence in the world. Figures from GP registers in 2008 suggested that about 6% of the English population has asthma. And more than three million people in England are living with COPD. This lung disease kills about 23,000 people a year in the UK.
Stroke – is the third leading cause of death in England each year and the leading cause of disability. More than 150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK.
Cancer – is so common that today one in 30 people living in the UK either has cancer or is in remission. By 2030 it is estimated that three million people in England will have had some form of cancer.
Liver disease – is the only major cause of mortality and morbidity that is on the increase in England while it is decreasing among European peers.