Table 2

Percentage of assisted suicides among all deaths with the same, potentially fatal, underlying disease, by age group and period for broad (bold) and detailed categories of diagnoses

25–64 years65–94 years
2003–20082009–20142003–20082009–2014
Cancer 0.66 (0.56 to 0.77) 1.14 (1.00 to 1.29) 0.56 (0.51 to 0.62) 1.19 (1.11 to 1.27)
 Digestive0.69 (0.50 to 0.92)1.20 (0.94 to 1.50)0.52 (0.42 to 0.63)1.08 (0.95 to 1.22)
 Respiratory0.46 (0.31 to 0.67)0.75 (0.54 to 1.02)0.35 (0.25 to 0.47)1.00 (0.84 to 1.18)
 Breast0.75 (0.46 to 1.14)1.37 (0.94 to 1.92)0.90 (0.66 to 1.20)1.64 (1.32 to 2.00)
 Male genital1.14 (0.42 to 2.47)1.68 (0.73 to 3.28)0.78 (0.60 to 1.02)1.40 (1.14 to 1.69)
 Other0.71 (0.54 to 0.91)1.27 (1.02 to 1.56)0.57 (0.47 to 0.67)1.23 (1.09 to 1.37)
Nervous system 3.80 (2.92 to 4.84) 6.68 (5.52 to 8.00) 0.73 (0.60 to 0.89) 1.66 (1.47 to 1.87)
 Motor neuron disease5.82 (3.43 to 9.16)7.26 (4.36 to 11.23)4.01 (2.66 to 5.78)6.87 (5.09 to 9.03)
 Parkinson’s2.38 (0.06 to 12.57)6.67 (1.40 to 18.27)0.97 (0.66 to 1.36)1.96 (1.54 to 2.45)
 MS8.63 (5.86 to 12.16)13.69 (10.09 to 18.00)3.20 (1.72 to 5.41)4.82 (3.05 to 7.21)
 Huntington’s2.04 (0.05 to 10.85)17.3 (8.23 to 30.32)5.88 (1.23 to 1.62)
 Paralytic syndromes2.80 (0.58 to 7.98)7.69 (3.75 to 13.69)2.56 (1.11 to 4.97)3.67 (1.91 to 6.32)
 Alzheimer’s2.88 (0.60 to 8.20)0.07 (0.02 to 0.16)0.25 (0.15 to 0.39)
 Other1.54 (0.77 to 2.73)3.19 (20.5 to 4.71)0.90 (0.55 to 1.39)3.13 (2.53 to 3.84)
Circulatory system 0.02 (0.00 to 0.07) 1.37 (0.07 to 0.24) 0.10 (0.08 to 1.18) 0.26 (0.23 to 0.29)
 Cerebrovascular0.14 (0.02 to 0.49)0.59 (0.24 to 1.21)0.50 (0.41 to 0.60)0.53 (0.43 to 0.64)
 Other0.07 (0.02 to 0.15)0.20 (0.17 to 0.23)
Respiratory system 0.60 (0.29 to 1.09) 1.04 (0.60 to 1.68) 0.16 (0.11 to 0.22) 0.61 (0.50 to 072)
 COPD1.08 (0.49 to 2.03)1.25 (0.60 to 2.29)0.32 (0.21 to 0.46)0.93 (0.75 to 1.15)
 Other0.12 (0.00 to 0.66)0.81 (0.30 to 1.76)0.04 (0.01 to 0.09)0.31 (0.21 to 0.43)
All deaths* 0.63 (0.56 to 0.71) 1.08 (0.99 to 1.18) 0.35 (0.33 to 0.38) 0.79 (0.76 to 0.83)
  • MS, multiple sclerosis. COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • * from potentially fatal diseases