This blog post was written by Dave Grimshaw and Jon Palin who discussed and compared a range of methods for projecting future improvements in mortality at the IFoA’s Life Conference on 20 November. The session was aimed at delegates without specialist longevity expertise, who need to assess proposed assumptions.
Rewind to 1900 and infectious diseases were the second biggest cause of death in England and Wales. By 1960, deaths from infectious diseases were all but eradicated.
It is common knowledge that smoking is the primary catalyst for lung cancer, the second and sixth highest cause of death for males and females respectively in 2012 . However, male and female mortality has been affected differently by changing prevalence of smoking.