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 4,988 Liverpool residents died in 2021, with cancer (24% of all deaths), cardiovascular disease (21.6%), COVID-19 (11.9%) and respiratory (10.6%) being the biggest killers.
  • 2,072 people died prematurely (which is defined as being aged under 75 years), so more than 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 25% decrease in rate of preventable deaths, a 32% reduction in the number of preventable cancer deaths, and 53% decline in the number of preventable CVD deaths.
  • One third (33%) of the Liverpool population have at least one morbidity, 14% have multimorbidity, and 6% have physical and mental health comorbidity.
  • There are around 16,255 people in Liverpool who have been diagnosed with cancer; 17,867 people who have coronary heart disease, and 76,572 with hypertension. There are around 17,004 people with chronic respiratory disease; approximately 67,454 people have been diagnosed with depression, 7,579 people have been diagnosed with mental health illness, and 3,047 with dementia.
  • Healthy life expectancy for females in the city is 57.9 years compared with 58.3 years for males.

View 'General Practice', 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

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