Thursday, December 5, 2002
Suicide still the top killerBy BRODIE FENLON, TORONTO SUN
Suicide remains the leading cause of death by trauma for Ontario men, ahead of car accidents and falls, a report says.
But the rate of deaths caused by physical trauma has dropped 27% over 10 years in the province, the Canadian Institute for Health Information report says.
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Men account for nearly two-thirds of all such deaths in Ontario, with 29% of those caused by suicide, followed closely by car crashes at 27% and falls at 22%.
For women, the top three causes of injury deaths were falls (48%), car crashes (25%) and suicide (12%).
In 1999-2000, 753 men and 217 women in Ontario took their own lives.
"People misperceive the significance of suicide as a public health problem," said Dr. Paul Links of the University of Toronto.
"More people die of suicide than from AIDS, and yet AIDS gets a lot more attention."
There were 3,145 injury deaths in Ontario in 1999-2000. The overall decline in injury-related deaths is due to a drop in car accidents and falls, the report said.
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