Suicide is rated among the biggest causes of death for men under 75 in Crawley, figures have revealed.
Life expectancy and mortality figures in the town were discussed at a meeting of the Crawley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) at the Charis Centre on Thursday (May 15).
The figures from Public Health England showed that from 2010 to 2012 lung cancer was the biggest cause of death in men under 75.
The fifth highest was suicide by hanging, strangulation and suffocation - rated above many cancers including prostate cancer.
The biggest cause of death for women under the age of 75 was breast cancer, followed by lung cancer.
Alcoholic liver disease was the ninth biggest killer.
Lesley Wilkes, Senior Public Health Analyst for the West Sussex County Council’s Public Health Research Unit, presented the data so the CCG governing body could discuss the care implications.
Dr Wilkes explained that life expectancy at birth has risen on average across West Sussex but inequality between wards has increased.
She pointed out that there was an east/ west divide in the inequality.
Residents in Ifield and Southgate had a significantly lower life expectancy than the rest of the town while the life expectancy of those in Furnace Green, Maidenbower, Northgate, Pound Hill and Worth was significantly higher than in the rest of Crawley.
Dr Wilkes added that some elements which effect life expectancy other than care were housing, education, deprivation, lifestyle and older person poverty.