Circulatory system diseases are the leading cause of deaths in Turkey, with 165,323 people dying from the illness in 2017, according to statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute Thursday.
Circulatory system diseases accounted for 39.7 percent of the total number of deaths in Turkey in 2017, with the 75-84 age group having the highest prevalence.
Tumors the second most deadly
Benign and malign tumors were the second most common cause of death at 19.6 percent, while respiratory diseases came in third at 12 percent. The other causes in descending order were neurological and sensory diseases with 4.9 percent, nutritional diseases, endocrine and metabolic disorders with 4.8 percent and external injuries with 4.5 percent.
At 39.7 percent ischemic heart diseases were the main cause of death among patients with circulatory diseases, closely followed by cerebrovascular diseases at 22.9 percent.
Worst kind of tumors
The total number of deaths due to malign tumors (cancer) in 2017 was reported as 79,889. Out of those, 31 percent of the patients died due to tumors located in the trachea, bronchus, or lungs. Following was tumors in the stomach, lymphoid and hematopoietic tumors, colonic, and pancreatic tumors with 8.4, 8, 7.6 and 6.2 percent respectively.
The provinces that had the highest mortality rate due to circulatory system diseases were also included in the report. The top five were Denizli with 49.6 percent, Aydın with 48.9, Balıkesir with 47.8, Çanakkale with 47.2, Afyonkarahisar with 46.8 percent.
The most deaths from benign and malign tumors occurred in the provinces of Kırklareli, Rize and Kocaeli with 23.3 percent followed closely by Tekirdağ with 23.2 and Istanbul with 23 percent.