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Cancer is main cause of death of middle-aged Czechs

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Prague, April 4 (CTK) – People under the age of 40 most often die of injuries and poisoning, people aged from 40 to 70 years most often die of malignant tumours and those over 70 of heart diseases, daily Lidove noviny (LN) wrote on Tuesday, citing data of the Czech National Health Information System from 2004-2015.

In total, 1,281,000 people died in the Czech Republic during the given 12 years. Two thirds of them were aged over 70, 30% were from 40 to 70 years old, and the remaining 2.5 percent died before the age of 40, the data show.

Half of those younger than 40 died of injuries and poisoning, 15 percent of them died of cancer or similar diseases and over 8 percent of heart diseases.

In the 40-70 age group, the most common cause of death were tumours (39 percent), followed by heart diseases (28.5 percent). Among those aged over 70, half of the people died of heart diseases and one out of five died of cancer, the paper writes.

Doctor Milan Kvapil, from the Prague-Motol Hospital, said the data for the old patients may not be accurate since many of them suffer from a number of health problems.

Kvapil said heart diseases are not the most common cause of death for people in the productive age anymore. He said this is mainly thanks to the cardiovascular revolution that is related to prevention, new medicines and changes in people’s life style.

The fact that people live longer in the Czech Republic has brought new problems with which doctors must cope, Kvapil told LN.

To have the best chance of surviving cancer treatment, people need to be in good physical condition and have energy reserves, he said.

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