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Health inequality

People born in the most deprived ten per cent of areas in Herefordshire have a shorter life expectancy at birth than those living in the least deprived ten per cent by an average of 3.9 years for males and an average of 2.6 years for
females.  However, this gap is one of the smallest amongst counties with a similar level of overall deprivation to Herefordshire.

Those living in the most deprived areas are 33% more likely to die of cancer; 60% more likely to die of coronary heart disease and over twice as likely to die prematurely (under 75 years) of cerebrovascular disease and 65% more likely to die of chronic lower respiratory disease than those in the least deprived areas. Residents of the most deprived areas of Herefordshire are approximately a third more likely to die as a result of suicide than the county population in general.

Adults (35+ years) residing in the most deprived areas are a third more likely to be admitted to hospital as a consequence of their smoking than the population of Herefordshire overall, and smoking related mortality rates are over 40% higher among the most deprived population quartile than in the County overall.

Last updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018