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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Lung Disease1749,89221,061,863- 311,971
Coronary Heart Disease2746,45611,215,414- 468,958
Stroke3669,0463881,702- 212,656
Influenza and Pneumonia4571,8775481,508+ 90,369
Diarrhoeal diseases5268,7794586,617- 317,838
Suicide6243,1518258,075- 14,925
Tuberculosis7240,2577269,866- 29,609
Diabetes Mellitus8229,94811227,324+ 2,624
Road Traffic Accidents9219,76010233,070- 13,309
Low Birth Weight10205,6616380,890- 175,229
HIV/AIDS11177,41918135,187+ 42,232
Kidney Disease12174,26114203,467- 29,206
Liver Disease13168,39012216,865- 48,475
Hypertension14156,37615158,334- 1,958
Birth Trauma15154,98116157,397- 2,416
Other Injuries16148,68513209,605- 60,920
Asthma17147,63917151,877- 4,238
Peptic Ulcer Disease18115,4602385,487+ 29,973
Congenital Anomalies19112,67319104,200+ 8,473
Measles20107,8063742,347+ 65,459
Lung Cancers2197,5122863,762+ 33,750
Rheumatic Heart Disease2275,3422099,262- 23,920
Malnutrition2373,2823645,256+ 28,026
Poisonings2470,6913839,760+ 30,931
Inflammatory/Heart2565,8272481,742- 15,915
Falls2665,5549254,183- 188,629
Cervical Cancer2759,6872767,503- 7,816
Fires2853,1483355,292- 2,144
Maternal Conditions2951,8623451,282+ 580
Oral Cancer3051,3622287,710- 36,347
Stomach Cancer3146,4503058,992- 12,542
Epilepsy3245,1823939,097+ 6,085
Meningitis3341,9423255,292- 13,351
Breast Cancer3437,7622570,196- 32,434
Leukemia3535,7714327,392+ 8,379
Lymphomas3634,0714427,089+ 6,981
Hepatitis B3730,9472961,937- 30,991
Encephalitis3830,7344039,092- 8,358
Drownings3930,3692194,319- 63,950
Endocrine Disorders4029,6323155,358- 25,727
Pertussis4128,796606,967+ 21,829
Syphilis4227,9025212,815+ 15,087
Violence4327,8862667,642- 39,756
Skin Disease4423,0325014,258+ 8,773
Colon-Rectum Cancers4523,0133548,576- 25,562
Ovary Cancer4622,8224819,460+ 3,362
Oesophagus Cancer4720,3174138,686- 18,368
Tetanus4811,8094720,082- 8,274
Bladder Cancer4910,951569,508+ 1,443
Alzheimers/Dementia5010,154633,873+ 6,281
Other Neoplasms519,5015113,325- 3,824
Pancreas Cancer528,3775510,786- 2,409
Parkinson's Disease538,138643,041+ 5,097
Liver Cancer547,7394526,788- 19,049
Leishmaniasis555,5494623,754- 18,205
Alcohol565,527578,034- 2,507
Anemia575,437652,801+ 2,636
Prostate Cancer584,5155412,231- 7,716
Hepatitis C593,909597,162- 3,253
Rheumatoid Arthritis602,6854914,952- 12,267
Schizophrenia612,30769919+ 1,389
Drug Use622,129587,656- 5,527
Uterin Cancer631,658624,773- 3,115
Multiple Sclerosis641,47671819+ 656
Skin Cancers651,424671,652- 227
Appendicitis661,233662,027- 794
Otitis Media6796772481+ 486
Malaria686814228,418- 27,737
Dengue695945312,477- 11,884
Upper Respiratory7057173466+ 105
Ascariasis71481681,449- 968
Chlamydia7216677116+ 51
Diphtheria7313975335- 196
Iodine Deficiency748076194- 113
Trypanosomiasis750780- 0
Chagas disease760790- 0
Schistosomiasis770800- 0
Leprosy780616,326- 6,326
Trichuriasis790810- 0
Hookworm Disease800820- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency810830- 0
Depression820840- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy830850- 0
Osteoarthritis840860- 0
Oral conditions85074407- 407
War86070898- 898

Note: Population is Equalized to INDIA




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).