Cardiovascular diseases and cancer account for 60% of deaths in Luxembourg, the department of health revealed on 9 August 2018.
In 2016, 3,978 deaths were recorded in the grand duchy, of which 50.9% were men and 49.1% women. Men on average died at the age of 76, while women tended to live a bit longer to pass away at 80.
Over this period, 11 people died every day, 77 per week and 332 per month, up slightly on the previous year by 1.1%.
93.3% of these deaths were caused by illness, only 6.7% attributed to other causes. More than half occurred in hospital, a quarter in retirements homes and the remaining 17% at home.
The leading cause of death in 2016 was cardiovascular disease at 31.8%, up 6.5% compared to 2015. Of this 668 of the deaths were women and 596 men. That said, according to the department of health, in general death as a result of cardiovascular illnesses is decreasing from 36.9% to 31.8% over the last 10 years.
Cancer remains one of the greatest killers in Luxembourg, accounting for 28.2% of all deaths in 2016. 56.4% in men and 43.6% in women. The three most fatal cancers were lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer in men, and in women, breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer.