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Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags:

HEART disease was the biggest killer in the region in the first quarter of this year.

Between April 1 and June 30, 133 people died from it locally.

The figures were released by National Records of Scotland this week and showed that overall in the three month period, there were 458 deaths in Dumfries and Galloway. Of those, 68 were due to cancer, with skin, lung and prostate particularly high; 28 were linked to dementia; 92 were caused by respiratory diseases; 25 were from disorders of the digestive system; 31 were linked to the nervous system; and 12 were as a result of accidents.

At the other end of the spectrum, there were 294 births during the quarter, with an almost even split between boys and girls. Furthermore, there were 1142 marriages in the region and 32 of those were same sex unions, and there were three civil partnerships too. The population of Dumfries and Galloway, as of June 30 2017, was 149,200, comprising 72,424 men and 76,776 women.

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