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Men more likely to commit suicide.

Byline: By MIKE JONES Western Mail

Men are more likely to die from accidents, poisoning and violence than women, according to research out yesterday.

And the most common cause of accidental or violent death for men was suicide and probable suicide (35%).

Hanging, strangulation and suffocation were the most common causes of these suicides, accounting for 41% of those reported.

The report, published by the Office for National Statistics, showed that men accounted for 60% of the 16,139 deaths from poisoning, accidents and violent incidents in England and Wales in 2002.

Violent incidents referred to death from external factors rather than disease or internal causes.

These included road and rail accidents, suicide or probable suicide, manslaughter and murder.

The most common cause of accidental or violent deaths in women was falls (50%), followed by suicide and probable suicide (19%).

More than half (55%) of all deaths from accidents and violence were in women aged 75 and over, while just 20% of men in that age group died from the same causes.

Almost half (47%) of accidental and violent male deaths were to men aged between 15 and 44.

Almost a third (30%) of female deaths resulted from injuries to the hip and thigh, whereas 22% of men died from injuries to the head and neck.

Land transport accidents were the most common cause of accidental and violent deaths in children aged under 15, accounting for over a third (36%) of deaths in the age group.

For people of all ages, land transport accidents account for almost 20% of all accidental and violent deaths.

The most common place for accidental death which was not related to transport was in the home.

Almost half (46%) of men and more than a third (36%) of women who died from non-transport accidents suffered the accidents at home.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 30, 2004
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