Polk County Health Department

Premature Death

Premature death data highlights the deaths that could have been prevented. When a person dies before the age of 75 years old, the difference in age is called Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL). YPLL is calculated by taking the age at death and subtracting it from 75. For example, if someone dies at age 63, their YPLL would be 12 years (75 – 63 = 12).

Premature death includes any cause of death. YPLL is presented as a rate per 100,000 people. Since 2006, the rate of YPLL has dropped three percent to 6,056 years lost per 100,000.

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