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South Carolina
Premature Death
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Premature Death measures the loss of years of life due to death before age 75 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL-75). Thus, the death of a 25-year-old would account for 50 years of lost life, while the death of a 60-year-old would account for 15 years. Ranks are based on the most recently available data from the CDC. 

Premature death is a measure of mortality that reflects the age of death for persons under 75 years of age. A person who dies very young contributes more towards the overall measure and causes it to increase more than someone who dies closer to 75. Deaths occurring in younger people are more likely to be preventable than those occurring in older people and are indicative of failures in the health care system and/or lifestyle factors. According to 2009 mortality data, cancer, unintentional injury, heart disease, suicide and deaths occurring during the perinatal period are the top five causes of premature death in the United States[1]. Many of these causes of death are preventable through lifestyle modifications. Lung cancer is the largest contributor towards premature cancer deaths and smoking cessation can greatly decrease the risk of lung cancer. Heart disease is tied to several modifiable risk factors such as obesity, diabetes and sedentary lifestyle. A variety of intervention strategies that encourage healthy lifestyles and preventative care can be effective in decreasing premature death.

[1] CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). WISQARS years of potential life lost (YPLL) report, 2009. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, NCIPC.


SC Premature Death (1990-2013) see more
  • Number of years of potential life lost prior to age 75 per 100,000 population.

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State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
1990 - South Carolina graph 49 10599 View Actions
1991 - South Carolina graph 50 10419 View Actions
1992 - South Carolina graph 48 10361 View Actions
1993 - South Carolina graph 48 10201 View Actions
1994 - South Carolina graph 47 10074 View Actions
1995 - South Carolina graph 48 9783 View Actions
1996 - South Carolina graph 47 9938 View Actions
1997 - South Carolina graph 46 9670 View Actions
1998 - South Carolina graph 47 9714 View Actions
1999 - South Carolina graph 47 9692 View Actions
2000 - South Carolina graph 46 9274 View Actions
2001 - South Carolina graph 47 9365 View Actions
2002 - South Carolina graph 47 9646 View Actions
2003 - South Carolina graph 47 9597 View Actions
2004 - South Carolina graph 47 9532 View Actions
2005 - South Carolina graph 45 9597 View Actions
2006 - South Carolina graph 45 9497 View Actions
2007 - South Carolina graph 45 9493 View Actions
2008 - South Carolina graph 44 9615 View Actions
2009 - South Carolina graph 46 9513 View Actions
2010 - South Carolina graph 44 9521 View Actions
2011 - South Carolina graph 43 9099 View Actions
2012 - South Carolina graph 42 9145 View Actions
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