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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease148,2271132,851- 84,624
Alzheimers/Dementia247,186532,074+ 15,112
Stroke341,561259,883- 18,322
Lung Cancers440,399345,785- 5,386
Colon-Rectum Cancers525,473728,606- 3,133
Breast Cancer617,4381019,577- 2,139
Influenza and Pneumonia717,026921,138- 4,112
Other Injuries816,192266,260+ 9,931
Diabetes Mellitus914,462824,194- 9,733
Pancreas Cancer1013,1951216,832- 3,638
Hypertension1112,894434,769- 21,875
Prostate Cancer1212,7471314,846- 2,099
Suicide1312,1901710,744+ 1,446
Lymphomas1411,5021511,889- 387
Liver Cancer1510,764228,004+ 2,760
Kidney Disease1610,6211117,106- 6,485
Lung Disease1710,240630,591- 20,351
Endocrine Disorders189,698198,823+ 875
Liver Disease199,3451414,480- 5,135
Other Neoplasms209,183246,910+ 2,273
Leukemia218,324218,392- 68
Falls227,6591810,600- 2,941
Bladder Cancer237,332256,362+ 970
Parkinson's Disease246,708237,855- 1,147
Inflammatory/Heart256,599208,798- 2,199
Stomach Cancer266,5721610,959- 4,388
Oral Cancer275,859276,063- 204
Oesophagus Cancer285,838295,790+ 48
Ovary Cancer294,668285,901- 1,232
Road Traffic Accidents304,574333,654+ 920
Alcohol314,552305,376- 824
Malnutrition324,07056236+ 3,834
Skin Cancers333,785324,124- 339
Uterin Cancer342,995362,501+ 494
Diarrhoeal diseases352,935315,347- 2,412
Epilepsy362,245352,558- 313
Congenital Anomalies372,130391,888+ 241
Rheumatic Heart Disease381,987372,443- 456
Skin Disease391,855401,397+ 458
Cervical Cancer401,725381,967- 243
Poisonings411,51153287+ 1,224
Depression421,37357216+ 1,157
Drownings431,29551413+ 882
Peptic Ulcer Disease441,194342,703- 1,509
Asthma451,171431,129+ 42
Anemia461,08045832+ 248
Drug Use47933411,263- 329
Violence4891047650+ 259
Multiple Sclerosis49807421,224- 417
Hepatitis C5073346741- 8
Tuberculosis5169352323+ 370
Low Birth Weight5264244854- 212
Fires5359050422+ 168
Schizophrenia5455460162+ 392
HIV/AIDS5554448490+ 55
Rheumatoid Arthritis5649049437+ 53
Birth Trauma5745858199+ 259
Osteoarthritis5827254263+ 9
Meningitis5926959173+ 96
Hepatitis B6018255248- 66
Prostatic Hypertrophy6115862139+ 19
Appendicitis6213461159- 26
Maternal Conditions63866450+ 36
Upper Respiratory645363106- 53
Encephalitis65306620+ 10
Malaria6621706+ 15
Oral conditions67186544- 27
Otitis Media6817687+ 10
War6912697+ 5
Pertussis708731+ 6
Tetanus715712+ 2
Syphilis7246710- 6
Measles733722+ 2
Schistosomiasis741770+ 1
Diphtheria750741- 1
Iodine Deficiency760751- 1
Dengue770820+ 0
Hookworm Disease780850+ 0
Chlamydia790780- 0
Trypanosomiasis800790- 0
Chagas disease810800- 0
Leishmaniasis820761- 1
Leprosy830810- 0
Ascariasis840830- 0
Trichuriasis850840- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to GERMANY




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).