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Dementia killing more people in Sweden than expected as the cause of deaths growth in Sweden examined

Thursday, 22 August 2013
The numbers of people who have died of dementia in Sweden in the past 25 pears have quadrupled a new report out on Thursday say.

The spread which affect both men and women, the report on the causes of the death statistics presented by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) which is under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs tries to examines why and how intense the situation is.

According to the report, last year there were 7790 persons over 65 years who died in dementias illnesses such as Alzheimer's. Of them 2524 were men and 5266 women.
"Maybe it does not sound as its so much,  that it is barely 8,000 people who have died of dementia last year, but what is remarkable is that there is such a large increase in this cause of death," says Katarina Baatz of Socialstyrelsen to radio Sweden.

One of the reasons that more people die of dementia is that we get older, and there is also an explanation for why there are more women than men who die of this type of disease because women generally live longer.

"But it is also because doctors have become more inclined in writing dementia as cause of death in the certificates," says Katarina Baatz.

But the most common cause of death among the elderly is cardiovascular disease, including heart attack or stroke.

The elderly in Sweden die more from cardiovascular disease, while middle-aged people mainly die of cancer. In the general population, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Last year some 23 103 persons in Sweden died from various cancers.

Among women, lung cancer has become the main cause of death. In the past, breast cancer was the major killer in this group. At the same time, fewer and fewer men are dying of lung cancer. Among men, prostate cancer is the most common cancer.

Regionally, in Stockholm and Uppsala for example 15 people per 100 000 population died of  diabetes, while the figure for Jämtland, Kalmar and Jönköping is about 25 people per 100 000 of the population.

Even in the case of cardiovascular diseases, one finds the lowest death rates in Stockholm County, and then followed by Halland, Skåne and Uppsala. Most deaths per 100 000 population caused from heart disease in 2012 was in Dalarna, Västernorrland, Norrbotten and Jämtland.
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