Conditions and diseases

This section provides information on particular disease types and contains data on some of the main causes of death in the city.

Key facts

  • Around 5,445 Liverpool residents died in 2020, with cancer (22% of all deaths), cardiovascular disease (18%), Covid-19 (17%) and respiratory disease (12%) being the biggest killers.
  • Some 2,100 people died prematurely (which is defined as being aged under 75 years), so nearly 4 out of 10 of our residents died young.
  • In Liverpool, premature deaths from causes considered preventable and which could potentially be avoided by public health interventions are 60% higher than expected compared to England.
  • There have been significant reductions in Liverpool’s mortality rate since the turn of the millennium including a 27% decrease in rate of preventable deaths, a 25% reduction in the number of preventable cancer deaths, and 54% decline in the number of preventable CVD deaths.
  • Over a third (34.2%) of the Liverpool population have at least one morbidity, 14.9% have multimorbidity, and 7.9% have physical and mental health comorbidity.
  • There are around 16,100 people in Liverpool who have been diagnosed with cancer; 20,500 people who have coronary heart disease, and 76,000 with hypertension. There are around 17,200 people with chronic respiratory disease; approximately 60,400 people have been diagnosed with depression, and almost 7,500 with mental health illness.
  • Healthy life expectancy for females in the city is 57.7 years compared with 61.7 years for males.

View 'General Practice Profiles', Public Health England

Detailed needs assessments

The following health needs assessments have been published in relation to specific disease types and conditions:

Cheshire and Merseyside

Liverpool information

Public Health England profiles