Ministry of Health and Welfare officials today released national mortality statistics for 2016, and noted that on average one person died every 3 minutes and 3 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year.
The statistical report revealed that a total of 172, 418 people died in Taiwan last year.
The leading cause of death was cancer, which took a life every 11 minutes, 2 seconds, 11 seconds faster than the previous year. Cancer accounted for 27.7% of deaths, with a total of 47,760 victims.
In persons under the age of 25, the leading cause of death was accident and injury. From age 25 to 44 the leading causes of death were cancer and accidents. In people 45 years and over, the leading causes of death were cancer and heart disease.
In the overall population, the leading causes of death in order were attributed to cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, accidents, injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases, hypertension, kidney disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
The population of Taiwan is about 23.4 million. Statistical analysis published by the Executive Yuan in 2014 predicted that the population of Taiwan would peak at 23.7 million in 2024, and thereafter decline.