Death statistics reported include counts of deaths by age and sex and by selected cause. Standardised mortality ratios, age-standardised mortality rates and infant mortality rates by area of usual residence are also included.
This summary report presents trends in age-standardised mortality rates in the UK and constituent countries over the period 1983 to 2013. Age-standardised rates allow valid comparisons to be made between different countries and over time. Trends in the overall number of deaths, infant deaths, causes of death for 3 broad disease groups (cancers, circulatory diseases and respiratory diseases) and age groups are included for both males and females
We look at the 3 measures of average life span, life expectancy at birth (mean age at death), median age at death and modal age at death, to better understand mortality at older age. In 2010 the most common age at death was 85 for men and 89 for women; the average life span increased by approximately 10 years for a man and 8 years for a woman.