More heart attack but fewer cancer deaths in the Balearics.

28-02-2017A.M.

Information from the National Statistics Institute reveals that in relative terms there are more deaths from heart attack and stroke in the Balearics than on the mainland, while there are fewer caused by tumours.

The mortality rate in the Balearics in 2015 was 900.3 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Of these, 266.49 were because of heart attack and stroke; the average for the whole of Spain was 254.59. As for tumours, there were 234.95 deaths, which were lower than the national rate of 239.84. In 2015, therefore, 2,198 people died in the Balearics because of tumours, the most deadly of which were for the trachea, the bronchus or lung - 401 people died because of these, 103 of whom were women. Twenty years ago, the number of women who died as a result of these tumours was only 35 out of a total 369 deaths.

There was also a higher rate of death in the Balearics for a range of infectious or parasitic diseases, such as tuberculosis, AIDS and septicemia. This was 26.25, a level only surpassed in the northern African city of Melilla. The rate there was 34.45, whereas the national rate was 15.63.

The figures also point to a higher rate of deaths in the Balearics because of fatal accidents, drowning and poisoning. In terms of suicide, the number in 2015 fell from 97 to 93. In 2013, there were 104 suicides, the same as in 2009, the highest number on record.

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