Healthcare statistics and trends in the UK – top ten facts

Healthcare statistics can prove incredibly beneficial to track trends and support healthcare marketing campaigns. We’ve summarised our most recently sourced key UK facts, figures and trends about healthcare.

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Here’s our top ten healthcare statistics for the UK.

1. Lifestyle – 70% of the UK adult population are inactive, 26% are obese and 21% smoke.

2. Age gap – the greatest age expectancy in the UK is 87.5 years in Kensington and the lowest is 74.8 years in Glasgow.

3. Inactive – by 2018 it is estimated that there will be 7 million older people in the UK who cannot walk up a flight of stairs without resting.

4. Life expectancy – in 1948 the life expectancy was 66 years for men, 71 for women; by 2035 this will increase to 83 for men and 87 for women.

5. Volunteers – in England around three million people are currently volunteers for health, disability and welfare organisations, the same number as the combined NHS and social care workforce.

6. Men’s health – 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostate cancer, it is the most common cancer in the UK and you are two and half times more likely to get if there is family history.

7. Women’s health – 1 in 8 women in the UK will get breast cancer, it is the most common cancer in the UK and 130 new cases are diagnosed every day.

8. Ageing population – over the next 20 years the number of people in England aged 65-84 will grow by over a third and those over 85 will more than double.

9. Preventable illness – smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death in the UK, leading to 100,000 deaths per annum.

10. Self-care – over the counter treatments for ailments such as the common cold, constipation, sprains, itchy bottoms and strains can reduce primary and secondary care visits for long-term conditions by up to 80%.

Healthcare marketers have an opportunity to create more focused campaigns if there strategies are evidence based. Share your healthcare statistics by leaving a comment below or on Twitter.

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