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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease17,110,61821,505,339+ 5,605,279
Stroke24,317,66612,331,274+ 1,986,392
HIV/AIDS3590,6163038,420+ 552,197
Lung Cancers4571,7294595,800- 24,071
Liver Disease5490,9841692,266+ 398,718
Other Injuries6474,20315102,349+ 371,853
Colon-Rectum Cancers7437,85212139,000+ 298,852
Stomach Cancer8370,5866324,439+ 46,147
Influenza and Pneumonia9331,17810207,898+ 123,280
Lung Disease10311,13731,012,869- 701,731
Suicide11308,73013120,730+ 188,000
Inflammatory/Heart12258,7012351,854+ 206,847
Breast Cancer13255,9992547,964+ 208,035
Road Traffic Accidents14245,2807279,167- 33,886
Alcohol15208,967564,688+ 204,279
Hypertension16197,2128248,234- 51,021
Tuberculosis17190,0202644,060+ 145,960
Pancreas Cancer18164,4732063,499+ 100,975
Falls19148,18214116,128+ 32,054
Violence20144,5624412,099+ 132,462
Drownings21135,3282159,865+ 75,463
Prostate Cancer22131,7563922,503+ 109,253
Fires23121,115519,067+ 112,048
Oral Cancer24103,9263336,029+ 67,898
Peptic Ulcer Disease2598,4033529,969+ 68,434
Diabetes Mellitus2695,6829226,568- 130,885
Poisonings2788,4462840,809+ 47,637
Liver Cancer2886,4835380,733- 294,249
Drug Use2984,592545,594+ 78,998
Ovary Cancer3074,6314214,668+ 59,962
Bladder Cancer3173,7943726,719+ 47,075
Oesophagus Cancer3272,92711197,144- 124,216
Rheumatic Heart Disease3372,3851963,919+ 8,466
Lymphomas3469,7963435,538+ 34,257
Cervical Cancer3569,6843629,506+ 40,178
Leukemia3669,5892254,955+ 14,635
Congenital Anomalies3764,6002448,977+ 15,622
Kidney Disease3856,5611781,722- 25,161
Uterin Cancer3952,0084117,143+ 34,864
Skin Cancers4048,7494511,939+ 36,810
Alzheimers/Dementia4147,3991869,986- 22,588
Low Birth Weight4236,9712740,828- 3,857
Asthma4332,8383824,902+ 7,936
Other Neoplasms4430,9323236,980- 6,048
Rheumatoid Arthritis4519,1254611,435+ 7,690
Diarrhoeal diseases4616,1564810,859+ 5,298
Appendicitis4715,539611,767+ 13,772
Endocrine Disorders4813,9534020,344- 6,391
Epilepsy4911,7604313,816- 2,057
Birth Trauma5011,3482939,569- 28,222
War5110,897582,425+ 8,472
Parkinson's Disease529,0284711,138- 2,111
Meningitis534,959528,872- 3,913
Multiple Sclerosis544,876591,795+ 3,081
Maternal Conditions554,298536,047- 1,748
Skin Disease564,168574,253- 85
Encephalitis573,33275129+ 3,203
Malnutrition582,206555,098- 2,892
Schizophrenia591,662509,567- 7,905
Pertussis601,561601,773- 212
Hepatitis B611,2773137,085- 35,809
Hepatitis C621,162631,586- 424
Anemia631,1194910,070- 8,952
Dengue648377772+ 765
Upper Respiratory65311671,146- 835
Syphilis66302641,579- 1,277
Leishmaniasis67278651,314- 1,036
Otitis Media6821473180+ 34
Iodine Deficiency691807838+ 142
Tetanus706070648- 588
Diphtheria7160800+ 60
Chlamydia723374154- 121
Malaria73177912+ 5
Measles741168792- 781
Trypanosomiasis750810- 0
Chagas disease76071245- 245
Schistosomiasis77069666- 666
Leprosy780661,210- 1,210
Ascariasis79072205- 205
Trichuriasis800820- 0
Hookworm Disease810830- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency82076108- 108
Depression830840- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840621,646- 1,646
Osteoarthritis850850- 0
Oral conditions860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to CHINA




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).