Global & Disaster Medicine

China: Cause-specific mortality between 1990 and 2013


In 1990, 16 of 33 provinces had lower respiratory infections or preterm birth complications as the leading causes of YLLs (years of life lost ).

15 provinces had cerebrovascular disease and two (Hong Kong and Macao) had ischaemic heart disease.

By 2013, 27 provinces had cerebrovascular disease as the leading cause, 5 had ischaemic heart disease, and 1 had lung cancer (Hong Kong).

Road injuries have become a top ten cause of death in all provinces in mainland China.

The most common non-communicable diseases, including ischaemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancers (liver, stomach, and lung), contributed much more to YLLs in 2013 compared with 1990.


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