Suicide biggest killer of youth in NSW

SUICIDE is the most common cause of death for people aged 15-44 in New South Wales.

Heart disease and cancer in the digestive system are the most common causes for those 45 and older.

Rural Health Alliance policy advisory Andrew Phillips said the most common form of digestive cancer was bowel.

Locals dying at a higher rate than the rest of the state

He said not a lot of things killed younger people in NSW and it was unfortunate that intentional self-harm was the biggest cause of death for younger generations.

The alliance's chief executive Gordon Gregory said the frequency of people with mental health problems was similar in rural and city areas, but its impact on those in regional areas was much greater.

But suicide was not the only health issue facing regional people.

Mr Phillips said asthma, kidney disease, lung cancer and breast cancer were also big killers.

He said more deaths in regional areas compared to cities came down to access to services or the circumstances people found themselves in.

- APN NEWSDESK

 



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