TORBAY is one of the worst areas in the South West for early death rates, new Government statistics have revealed.
A new website showing significant variation in early death rates in England has been launched to raise public awareness of health problems.
Longer Lives, a new Public Health England website, allows users to see local information for all unitary authorities including Devon, Cornwall or Torbay and Plymouth, on early deaths from major killers, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.
The site shows that death rates in Torbay and Plymouth are amongst the worst in the whole South West.
Using a traffic-light rating system, it ranks areas showing those above average in tackling avoidable deaths as green, while those that still have more to do, are red.
Torbay and Plymouth flash red against the green light of the rest of the region.
The new figures reveal that Torbay is ranked 84 out of 150 local authorities in England for overall death rate and 91st for cancer death rates.
Professor Deb Lapthorne, centre director for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset said: "Overall the data for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset shows that the premature death rate in the area is mainly low.
"However, as expected in the more deprived local authorities such as Plymouth and Torbay premature death rates are higher."
There were 1,429 premature deaths in the Bay for 2009–2011 for a total population of 131,193 and 590 cancer deaths in that same period.
According to the Longer Lives website, Torbay was ranked 71st out of 150 for heart disease deaths with 341 people dying prematurely of the condition in 2009–2011.
Meanwhile Torbay was ranked 58th for lung diseases with 121 people dying prematurely of the condition for 2009–2011 and was ranked 119th for liver disease - one of the worst rate of premature deaths in the country.
In the 2009-2011 period 84 died prematurely of liver disease.
Professor Lapthorne said: "It is important to understand that although the data shows the overall picture for each local authority area, we know, for example, that in authorities such as Cornwall, deprivation and subsequently premature death rates will vary significantly between wards.
"We know that the local NHS and local authority public health teams are working hard to reduce rates and we hope that the data released today will support local government by presenting a clear picture of health in local areas so everyone involve can consider and agree how to make improvements.
"The website goes further than just data, and contains evidence of what needs to be done and case studies of what has been successful elsewhere.
"Longer Lives has the potential to make a real difference to the health of each and every community in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and we'll be working hard with local authorities and the NHS to bring about the changes we need."
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