The starting point for this post was reading this article in the guardian - http://is.gd/zDDv8C and following the the links to the Mortality statistics report from the office for national Statistics.
The most recently available full year data is for 2010 (Apr 2012)
I think it is worth repeating 2 of the facts plucked from the reports own summary.
- The percentage of the population who died in 2010, was the lowest ever recorded.
- The infant mortality rate in 2010, was the lowest ever recorded
The breakdown for the grouped causes of death indicates that while a 35-44 year old man is in the hot-zone for suicide, that the death rate for Cancer and Heart disease has jumped up even higher. The chart suggests that a 35 year old man might do well to stop drinking and smoking and go to the gym more often. The rates are per million population.
I think both charts indicate that ageing is pretty bad for you, and that the government should ban it immediately.
This one is the combined top 10 for women and men:
I'd be interested to know how much of the high number of Dementia deaths for women is a result of the age-gender distribution of the population, and how much is from direct gender specific factors.
The UK office of national statistics has a "publication Hub" which seems to be a good starting point for this type of data;
The home office has data sets for murder and manslaughter;
ONS Population estimates Quinary Age groups for UK Consituent countries
ONS Annual Mortality Report 2010