Life expectancy in Flanders increases

25th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2007, BRUSSELS – The life expectancy for men and women continues to increase. Women will reach the average age of 82.5 years, while men will live to 77.4 years, on average. This emerged from mortality figures for the Flemish population in 2005 which were presented by Flemish Public Health Minister Steven Vanackere on Tuesday.

25 September 2007

BRUSSELS – The life expectancy for men and women continues to increase. Women will reach the average age of 82.5 years, while men will live to 77.4 years, on average. This emerged from mortality figures for the Flemish population in 2005 which were presented by Flemish Public Health Minister Steven Vanackere on Tuesday.

Cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, breast cancer and suicide remained the leading causes of death. The good news is that the mortality rate for cardiovascular disease and cancer is on the decline.

Minister Vanackere stressed the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is earmarking EUR 466,000 for prevention projects for tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Vanackere also wants to set aside extra funds for breast cancer screening and suicide prevention.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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