A report from the Public Health department has shown that Islanders have a high life expectancy, and regular smokers are smoking less with a decrease in lung cancer rates, but that premature deaths especially from lung cancer, suicide and liver disease, and people’s lifestyles and a lack of physical activity continues to be a concern.
The findings are published in “A Health Profile for Jersey 2010” which has just been released, giving Islanders a detailed view of health issues in Jersey. The release of the 2010 Health Profile follows the release earlier this year a similar Health Profile for 2008- 2009.
In summary, the 2010 report shows that in that year, life expectancy in the Island was high, stillbirths and infant mortality was low, termination of pregnancy rates were low, there was a high uptake in child immunisation and regular smokers were smoking less, with a decrease in lung cancer incidence rates, though the incidence in Jersey is still higher than in the South-West region.
However, breast feeding rates were low, there was increasing adult obesity, and data showed that some cancer incidence rates are higher than would be expected.
Speaking about the release of the report, Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Turnbull said: “An important function of delivering good public health is to understand the health of the population. Good data speaks volumes. Public health intelligence is fundamental to informing what is required to improve and protect the health of our population and to contribute to the planning of health care for the future.”
“A detailed Health Profile based on data for Jersey and Guernsey in 2008-09 was produced earlier in 2012. This is the next instalment, based on data for 2010 for Jersey only. The report provides an in depth explanation of a range of Public Health indicators for adults and school aged young people in Jersey – quantifiable measures that can be used to help define and gauge progress towards agreed health goals.”
The findings are arranged into nine themed groups: Demography; Fertility; Maternal and Infant Health; Mortality; Life Expectancy and Premature Mortality; Disease Incidence and Prevalence; Sexual Health; Mental Health; Disease Prevention; Lifestyle.