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The number of suicides and pedestrian deaths is going down in Lithuania but the number of deaths from malignant tumors is growing, the country's Institute of Hygiene said after analyzing public health monitoring data from Lithuanian municipalities of the past five years.
Number of suicides, pedestrian deaths down but cancer deaths up
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According to the institute, the rate of pedestrian deaths in car accidents per population of 100,000 stood saw the biggest decrease last year – by 25.7 percent. At total of 63 pedestrians were killed in car accidents last year, compared to 85 in 2018 and 91 in 2017. Over the past five years, the number of pedestrian deaths has dropped 41.5 percent.

Looking into suicide figures, 657 suicides were registered last year, compared to 683 in 2018 and 748 in 2017. Over the past five years, the number of such deaths has gone down by almost a quarter, and the number of suicide attempts has dropped 40 percent.

The most common causes of death in Lithuania remained the same last year. 20,901 people, or almost 54 percent of the total, died of cardiovascular diseases, followed by malignant tumors (21 percent, or 8,042 people). The latter figure rose almost 2 percent, the institute noted

Various external death causes was the third most common cause of death: 2.395 people died of them, making over 6 percent of the total.

A total of 38,281 people died in Lithuania last year.

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