Nearly a quarter of male deaths in Tamworth could potentially have been avoided, new data from an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIWH) study reveals.
The leading cause of death in Tamworth from 2013 to 2017 was coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart failure and complications and ill-defined heart disease.
The AIWH's top 20 causes of deaths in the Tamworth Regional Local Government Area in the 2017 calendar year is dominated by a raft of cancers and other illnesses.
But 21 per cent of the 267 male deaths recorded were classed as 'potentially avoidable'.
Skin cancer is one of the main potentially avoidable causes of death, while hypertensive heart and renal disease and ischaemic heart disease are a couple of the circulatory system diseases also on the list.
Other avoidable causes of death include fires and burns, transport accidents, assault, events of undetermined intent and exposure to forces of nature, to name a few of the 46 listed.
According to the data, 532 people died in Tamworth in 2017 and the median age was 81 years old.
Thirty-three per cent of these deaths were classed as premature (under 75) and 17 per cent were deemed potentially avoidable.
Of these deaths, 267 were males averaging 77 years old while the average age for females is 84.
Death data is used to examine patterns and trends to help explain differences and changes in the health of the Australian population. Causes of death are documented on a death certificate.
The statistics are based on the underlying cause of death only.
In NSW, 52,778 people died in 2017 with a median age of 82. Just under a third of these deaths deemed premature.