Causes of death

In 2017, diseases of the circulatory system decrease as initial causes of death

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In 2017, tumours decrease as initial causes of death

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the causes of death for 2017.

Despite a slight decrease of their relative importance, the diseases of the circulatory system (27.1 % of all causes of death) remain the leading cause of death, followed by tumours (25.8 %) and diseases of the respiratory system (11.2 %). This ranking remains the same in Flanders and Wallonia, but in Brussels, tumours become the first cause of death with 24.9 % of all causes, compared to 24.6 % for diseases of the circulatory system.

For men, tumours rank first (28.8 %) followed by diseases of the circulatory system (25.7 %), while for women, the national ranking is respected.

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Belgium - Deaths by sex and by region, 2017

  Men Women Total
Brussels-Capital Region 4,316 4,715 9,031
Flemish Region 31,040 31,490 62,530
Walloon Region 18,438 19,630 38,068
Belgium 53,794 55,835 109,629
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Belgium - Deaths by sex and by region, for some groups of causes, 2017

  Men Women Total
Number of cases % Number of cases % Number of cases %
Brussels-Capital Region All causes 4,316 100% 4,715 100% 9,031 100%
Diseases of the circulatory system 1,042 24.1% 1,183 25.1% 2,225 24.6%
Tumours 1,172 27.2% 1,080 22.9% 2,252 24.9%
Diseases of the respiratory system 451 10.4% 476 10.1% 927 10.3%
Flemish Region All causes 31,040 100% 31,490 100% 62,530 100%
Diseases of the circulatory system 8,099 26.1% 9,398 29.8% 17,497 27.10%
Tumours 9,283 29.9% 7,383 23.4% 16,666 26.7%
Diseases of the respiratory system 3,762 12.1% 3,173 10.1% 6,935 11.1%
Walloon Region All causes 18,438 100% 19,630 100% 38,068 100%
Diseases of the circulatory system 4,673 25.3% 5,301 27.0% 9,974 26.2%
Tumours 5,055 27.4% 4,302 21.9% 9,357 24.6%
Diseases of the respiratory system 2,204 11.10% 2,176 11.1% 4,380 11.5%
Belgium All causes 53,794 100% 55,835 100% 109,629 100%
Diseases of the circulatory system 13,814 25.7% 15,882 28.4% 29,696 27.1%
Tumours 15,510 28.8% 12,765 22.9% 28,275 25.8%
Diseases of the respiratory system 6,417 11.9% 5,825 10.4% 12,242 11.2%
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