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Dementia is to blame for one in eight deaths, shocking figures revealed yesterday.
Nearly 70,000 lives were lost to the illness last year – 13 per cent up on the 61,000 of 2015.
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Experts warn the figure will keep increasing because people are living longer and conditions such as Alzheimer’s are still untreatable.
The death rate highlights the urgency of a Daily Mail campaign to end a scandal in which countless sufferers have to sell their homes to pay for care. More than 850,000 Britons have dementia, a progressive disease that kills by damaging the brains of victims.
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The Office for National Statistics said the illness was responsible for 12.8 per cent of the 541,589 registered deaths in England and Wales last year.
It has been the nation’s biggest killer since 2016. The rise in the number of sufferers is partly down to people living longer, according to the ONS.
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A better understanding of dementia and improved diagnosis is also likely to have increased reporting.
Campaigners said the figures must act as a wake-up call to the Government, which has been accused of ignoring dementia in favour of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. It invests £82.5million a year on research into the disease compared with £269million for cancer.
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‘One person develops dementia in the UK every three minutes and there are still far too many facing a future alone, without adequate support,’ said Sally Copley of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Dr Alison Evans, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, warned a million Britons could be living with dementia by 2021.
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The Daily Mail launched a campaign last month calling for a cross-party solution to the crisis of sufferers selling homes to pay for care.
More than 219,000 readers have signed the Mail’s petition calling on Boris Johnson to take action.
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