About the Mortality Profile

This tool brings together a selection of mortality indicators from other PHE public health profiles, in order to make it easier to assess outcomes across a range of causes of death. The tool contains those mortality indicators which were previously only available in PHE’s Longer Lives tool, which has now been removed.        

Indicators are presented in three domains:

Premature Mortality - mortality rates for deaths under age 75 for all causes combined and leading causes of death.

Preventable Mortality – mortality rates for causes of death which are considered preventable. These are causes where all or most deaths could potentially be prevented by public health interventions in the broadest sense (subject to age limits if appropriate).

Other Mortality – indicators for deaths related to a range of risk factors, including smoking, drug misuse and air pollution. This domain also includes rates of infant deaths, suicides, excess mortality in adults aged under 75 with serious mental illness, and deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents.  

Other mortality indicators may be added to this profile in future.

Feedback on the profile can be sent via the Contact Us button at top of this page. 

Recent updates

November 2021

To show the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following indicators are now presented as single years from 2001 to 2020. The 3-year rolling rates up to 2017 to 2019 are also available to view and have been updated with the latest comparability ratios:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)

The following indicators have been updated to the latest time period:

Other Mortality

  • Infant mortality
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate
  • Fraction of mortality attributable to particulate air pollution

December 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2017-19:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate for all causes
  • Under 75 mortality rate from heart disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from stroke
  • Under 75 mortality rate from breast cancer (females only) 
  • Under 75 mortality rate from colorectal cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from injuries

November 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2017-19:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)

Other Mortality

  • Infant mortality
  • Mortality from lung cancer
  • Mortality rate from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate

January 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2016-18:

  • Under 75 mortality rate for all causes
  • Under 75 mortality rate from heart disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from stroke
  • Under 75 mortality rate from breast cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from colorectal cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from injuries
  • Infant Mortality rate

November 2019

The following indicators have been updated to 2016-18:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable

Other Mortality

  • Mortality from lung cancer
  • Mortality rate from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Smoking attributable mortality
  • Smoking attributable deaths from heart disease
  • Smoking attributable deaths from stroke
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate

December 2018

First release of the Mortality Profile. Most recent data for the majority of indicators are for 2015-17.

Recent updates

November 2021

To show the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following indicators are now presented as single years from 2001 to 2020. The 3-year rolling rates up to 2017 to 2019 are also available to view and have been updated with the latest comparability ratios:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)

The following indicators have been updated to the latest time period:

Other Mortality

  • Infant mortality
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate
  • Fraction of mortality attributable to particulate air pollution

December 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2017-19:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate for all causes
  • Under 75 mortality rate from heart disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from stroke
  • Under 75 mortality rate from breast cancer (females only) 
  • Under 75 mortality rate from colorectal cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from injuries

November 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2017-19:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable (2019 definition)

Other Mortality

  • Infant mortality
  • Mortality from lung cancer
  • Mortality rate from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate

January 2020

The following indicators have been updated to 2016-18:

  • Under 75 mortality rate for all causes
  • Under 75 mortality rate from heart disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from stroke
  • Under 75 mortality rate from breast cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from colorectal cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from injuries
  • Infant Mortality rate

November 2019

The following indicators have been updated to 2016-18:

Premature Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver disease
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory disease

Preventable Mortality

  • Under 75 mortality rate from cardiovascular diseases considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from cancer considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from liver diseases considered preventable
  • Under 75 mortality rate from respiratory diseases considered preventable

Other Mortality

  • Mortality from lung cancer
  • Mortality rate from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Smoking attributable mortality
  • Smoking attributable deaths from heart disease
  • Smoking attributable deaths from stroke
  • Deaths from drug misuse
  • Suicide rate

December 2018

First release of the Mortality Profile. Most recent data for the majority of indicators are for 2015-17.