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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1184,327195,573+ 88,754
Stroke2153,956264,583+ 89,373
Lung Cancers347,940321,690+ 26,250
Influenza and Pneumonia440,05779,589+ 30,468
Lung Disease533,872419,218+ 14,654
Colon-Rectum Cancers618,818127,040+ 11,779
Kidney Disease718,284262,534+ 15,750
Breast Cancer815,933195,116+ 10,817
Hypertension914,362610,994+ 3,368
Prostate Cancer1013,573117,215+ 6,358
Pancreas Cancer1112,143253,024+ 9,120
Diabetes Mellitus1211,88598,539+ 3,346
Road Traffic Accidents1311,38888,948+ 2,440
Leukemia1410,956233,278+ 7,678
Liver Disease1510,624243,085+ 7,539
Liver Cancer1610,417302,093+ 8,324
Stomach Cancer179,857108,525+ 1,332
Bladder Cancer188,323214,645+ 3,678
Lymphomas196,235185,431+ 804
Alzheimers/Dementia206,067391,110+ 4,956
Falls215,854341,552+ 4,302
Inflammatory/Heart224,863223,378+ 1,484
Ovary Cancer234,306351,549+ 2,756
Suicide244,081165,898- 1,817
Peptic Ulcer Disease253,419292,175+ 1,244
Parkinson's Disease263,34148474+ 2,867
Other Injuries272,989156,551- 3,561
Drownings282,83543783+ 2,052
Skin Cancers292,81242861+ 1,951
Congenital Anomalies302,812146,578- 3,766
Alcohol312,69954172+ 2,527
Oral Cancer322,251381,178+ 1,073
Uterin Cancer332,06341930+ 1,133
Rheumatic Heart Disease341,968512,618- 10,650
Endocrine Disorders351,924321,747+ 177
Drug Use361,7756534+ 1,741
Oesophagus Cancer371,555282,310- 755
Cervical Cancer381,55144651+ 900
HIV/AIDS391,3816157+ 1,324
Violence401,341272,424- 1,083
Low Birth Weight411,318204,784- 3,466
Fires421,30749469+ 838
Epilepsy43798371,384- 586
Poisonings4466647494+ 172
Multiple Sclerosis4562053220+ 399
Meningitis46590175,601- 5,011
Hepatitis B475896440+ 549
Tuberculosis4856850379+ 189
Skin Disease4950445597- 93
Asthma50484137,036- 6,552
Malnutrition5135546590- 235
Birth Trauma52242331,737- 1,496
Rheumatoid Arthritis5324055168+ 73
Diarrhoeal diseases54207361,476- 1,269
Dengue5520157126+ 74
Appendicitis561695989+ 81
Anemia571466814+ 132
Hepatitis C58917011+ 80
Encephalitis5969401,067- 998
Maternal Conditions605651265- 209
Other Neoplasms61566620+ 36
Syphilis623156153- 122
Schizophrenia63196346- 27
Iodine Deficiency6412742+ 10
Leishmaniasis65126061- 50
Measles6686248- 40
Upper Respiratory677719- 2
Tetanus68558118- 112
Otitis Media695727- 2
Chlamydia7046717- 13
Pertussis71152244- 243
Diphtheria720735- 5
Malaria730750- 0
Trypanosomiasis740760- 0
Chagas disease750770- 0
Schistosomiasis760780- 0
Leprosy770790- 0
Ascariasis7806912- 12
Trichuriasis790800- 0
Hookworm Disease800810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency810820- 0
Depression820830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy830840- 0
Osteoarthritis840850- 0
Oral conditions850860- 0
War860311,762- 1,762

Note: Population is Equalized to TURKEY




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: http://worldlifeexpectancy.com/world-rankings-total-deaths


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).