The Ministry of Health and Welfare has announced the leading causes of death for 2021. The top three causes of death were cancer, heart disease, and pneumonia. Cancer has now topped the list for 40 consecutive years. It killed 51,000 people in 2021, and the cancer death clock sped up by 20 seconds. In Taiwan, a person died of cancer every 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has announced the leading causes of death in 2021. There were 184,172 deaths recorded last year, an increase of 11,000 compared to 2020. People aged 65 and above accounted for 93 percent of the deaths. As for the top 10 causes of death, cancer led the way again. It has topped the list for 40 straight years. In 2021, cancer killed 51,000 people. Heart disease killed 21,000 people and finished in second place. It was followed by pneumonia, which caused 13,000 deaths; cerebrovascular disease, which killed 12,000; and diabetes, which was responsible for 11,000 deaths. The aging population and the frigid temperatures in January 2021 were reasons why the mortality rate increased.
Liu Hsun-jung, Director, Department of Statistics, MOHW: “About one-third of the days in January 2021 experienced temperatures of under 10 degrees. In January, the number of deaths increased by 1,800.”
As for the deadliest types of cancer, lung cancer remained in first place for the 18th straight year. Liver cancer was second, followed by colorectal and anal cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. The order in 2021 was exactly the same as in 2020. Meanwhile, the cancer death clock sped up by 20 seconds. In 2021, a person died of cancer every 10 minutes and 10 seconds.
Liu Hsun-jung, Director, Department of Statistics, MOHW: “Everyone was afraid to go out, so that might have affected routine checkups. This might have caused or worsened their conditions.”
COVID-19 killed 896 people in 2021, including 57 nationals who died overseas, and finished as the 19th leading cause of death. People aged 65 or above accounted for 77 percent of the deaths, and the average age of death was 72.