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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1233,8571138,983+ 94,874
Stroke2132,3562123,092+ 9,264
Influenza and Pneumonia3100,198380,275+ 19,923
Lung Disease451,824844,754+ 7,070
Lung Cancers549,367927,924+ 21,443
Diabetes Mellitus644,619473,345- 28,726
Hypertension741,867661,993- 20,125
Colon-Rectum Cancers837,2791218,624+ 18,655
Kidney Disease935,5751517,627+ 17,948
Liver Disease1031,9991023,932+ 8,067
Inflammatory/Heart1129,8481318,446+ 11,402
Breast Cancer1228,9071617,516+ 11,391
Other Injuries1326,9222015,411+ 11,511
Road Traffic Accidents1426,565748,653- 22,089
Prostate Cancer1521,0551417,831+ 3,224
Suicide1620,7222211,821+ 8,901
Pancreas Cancer1720,309269,683+ 10,626
Congenital Anomalies1818,9482311,421+ 7,527
Rheumatic Heart Disease1918,325472,887+ 15,439
Alzheimers/Dementia2017,2251122,668- 5,444
HIV/AIDS2116,9061915,429+ 1,477
Endocrine Disorders2215,4951815,959- 464
Stomach Cancer2315,3501717,035- 1,685
Violence2415,028562,759- 47,730
Other Neoplasms2513,685384,940+ 8,745
Low Birth Weight2612,138279,438+ 2,701
Lymphomas2711,142289,087+ 2,055
Cervical Cancer289,973308,950+ 1,023
Liver Cancer299,444259,938- 495
Oesophagus Cancer308,8412410,263- 1,422
Leukemia318,644327,933+ 711
Bladder Cancer326,783414,307+ 2,476
Falls336,6062115,107- 8,501
Ovary Cancer346,242433,954+ 2,288
Fires356,187581,084+ 5,104
Parkinson's Disease365,550453,399+ 2,151
Skin Disease375,442404,540+ 903
Alcohol385,302318,697- 3,395
Malnutrition395,281337,703- 2,422
Oral Cancer404,507298,981- 4,474
Skin Cancers414,363424,226+ 137
Drownings424,108346,537- 2,429
Meningitis433,999541,635+ 2,364
Uterin Cancer443,696531,983+ 1,713
Chagas disease453,392365,709- 2,317
Diarrhoeal diseases463,266375,120- 1,853
Peptic Ulcer Disease472,877443,573- 696
Asthma482,870463,024- 153
Tuberculosis492,596356,008- 3,412
Anemia502,493482,729- 235
Birth Trauma512,399394,696- 2,297
Drug Use522,378551,205+ 1,173
Maternal Conditions532,307522,257+ 50
Appendicitis542,055571,112+ 943
Epilepsy551,793492,674- 882
Poisonings561,73970259+ 1,480
Rheumatoid Arthritis571,11262652+ 460
Hepatitis C58552502,611- 2,059
Multiple Sclerosis5952166395+ 126
Syphilis6032773110+ 217
Pertussis612357914+ 221
Hepatitis B62219561,122- 903
Iodine Deficiency631667814+ 151
Schizophrenia6414065460- 320
Dengue65124512,355- 2,231
Leishmaniasis667064504- 434
Encephalitis677068322- 252
Chlamydia6848817+ 41
Ascariasis69267721+ 6
Measles7019850+ 19
Tetanus711372151- 138
Upper Respiratory72667336- 330
Otitis Media7347592- 87
Diphtheria741823- 2
Malaria75074104- 104
Trypanosomiasis760831- 1
Schistosomiasis77063610- 610
Leprosy78071212- 212
Trichuriasis790860- 0
Hookworm Disease800841- 1
Vitamin A Deficiency8108011- 11
Depression82061734- 734
Prostatic Hypertrophy83060783- 783
Osteoarthritis84069315- 315
Oral conditions8507674- 74
War86059839- 839

Note: Population is Equalized to BRAZIL




The point of this intellectual exercise is to measure what would happen if two countries shared the same leading causes of death. To make these comparisons possible we equalized the population and used total deaths for each country's top 10 causes to simulate an "Exchange." Use the chart on the left to sort by the country name and use the summary plus and minus column to measure the differences in total deaths.

Life Expectancy statistics are calculated the same way everywhere in the world, but what we die from can be very different depending upon where we live. Despite these differences, with rare exception, the top 10 causes of death for any given country will represent between 70-80% of their total deaths. This is an intellectual exercise only, not a comparison of which country is healthier or to challenge existing life expectancy rankings. If you prefer to see total deaths for over 80 causes and choose your own countries to compare go here:


All meaningful comparisons between countries should be made using the same data source and year. The most reliable source for International comparisons is the World Health Organization because it is standardized for cross cultural comparisons. It is also reviewed annually, which often makes it more current than individual country data that can take years to compile. The WHO data includes individual country "projections," that are calculated based upon an annual consultation with each country before it is published. There are differences however, such as WHO data separates different forms of heart disease and cancer and combines Alzheimer's with Dementia. In this top 10 comparison WHO data for both countries was used (2014).