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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease144,993127,513+ 17,479
Stroke219,152216,783+ 2,369
Road Traffic Accidents314,75049,887+ 4,863
Hypertension46,498123,774+ 2,723
Influenza and Pneumonia54,88357,626- 2,743
Diabetes Mellitus64,04185,858- 1,817
Stomach Cancer73,79730838+ 2,959
Endocrine Disorders83,447241,292+ 2,155
Lung Disease92,892152,206+ 687
Other Injuries102,84467,222- 4,378
Low Birth Weight112,79976,862- 4,063
Congenital Anomalies122,537114,952- 2,415
Oesophagus Cancer132,26449174+ 2,090
Rheumatic Heart Disease142,176191,575+ 601
HIV/AIDS152,100750+ 2,100
Drug Use162,04840434+ 1,614
Lung Cancers172,007161,987+ 19
Colon-Rectum Cancers181,95929849+ 1,110
Asthma191,885231,308+ 578
Suicide201,87542376+ 1,499
Fires211,87432691+ 1,183
Alzheimers/Dementia221,84836593+ 1,255
Breast Cancer231,522171,962- 440
Lymphomas241,503221,416+ 87
Leukemia251,445201,522- 77
Violence261,441142,593- 1,152
Birth Trauma271,38395,221- 3,838
Liver Disease281,372251,126+ 246
Prostate Cancer291,05843370+ 688
Kidney Disease301,056105,146- 4,090
Bladder Cancer311,05026984+ 66
Tuberculosis321,03727928+ 108
Drownings3388735641+ 246
Falls3488037519+ 361
Poisonings3587945237+ 642
Diarrhoeal diseases36729132,650- 1,921
Liver Cancer3769034643+ 47
Pancreas Cancer3850539436+ 69
Ovary Cancer3949344340+ 153
Inflammatory/Heart40439181,685- 1,246
Oral Cancer4137641396- 20
Meningitis4234728881- 534
Other Neoplasms43331211,418- 1,088
Malnutrition4428233688- 406
Peptic Ulcer Disease4526438469- 205
Epilepsy4625847219+ 39
Hepatitis B4720856105+ 103
Skin Cancers4818553118+ 67
Parkinson's Disease491835799+ 84
Leishmaniasis5017355111+ 63
Cervical Cancer5117051141+ 29
Maternal Conditions5215831721- 563
Pertussis5312746236- 109
Appendicitis541055893+ 12
Skin Disease559752119- 22
Uterin Cancer56906447+ 43
Multiple Sclerosis57876542+ 45
Hepatitis C58856634+ 51
Encephalitis597148211- 140
Rheumatoid Arthritis60596353+ 7
Schizophrenia61536257- 4
Dengue62455970- 25
Tetanus633050147- 118
Syphilis64286164- 36
Alcohol6517716+ 11
Measles66136069- 56
Anemia6776811- 4
Upper Respiratory684697- 2
Otitis Media6936713- 10
Chlamydia702725- 3
Ascariasis712741+ 1
Diphtheria721706- 5
Iodine Deficiency731731- 1
Malaria740760+ 0
Trypanosomiasis750770- 0
Chagas disease760780- 0
Schistosomiasis77054117- 117
Leprosy780790- 0
Trichuriasis790800- 0
Hookworm Disease800810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency810820- 0
Depression820830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy830840- 0
Osteoarthritis840850- 0
Oral conditions850860- 0
War86039,967- 9,967

Note: Population is Equalized to IRAQ




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).