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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease11,677,2761393,698+ 1,283,578
Stroke21,018,4665133,578+ 884,888
HIV/AIDS3139,317407,926+ 131,391
Lung Cancers4134,8613171,504- 36,642
Liver Disease5115,8151635,404+ 80,411
Other Injuries6111,8572522,783+ 89,074
Colon-Rectum Cancers7103,282862,057+ 41,225
Stomach Cancer887,4153413,303+ 74,112
Influenza and Pneumonia978,1191052,287+ 25,833
Lung Disease1073,3924154,436- 81,044
Suicide1172,8241243,361+ 29,463
Inflammatory/Heart1261,0231932,372+ 28,651
Breast Cancer1360,3861147,955+ 12,431
Road Traffic Accidents1457,8581833,838+ 24,019
Alcohol1549,2923610,895+ 38,397
Hypertension1646,519771,304- 24,785
Tuberculosis1744,82359588+ 44,234
Pancreas Cancer1838,7971341,720- 2,924
Falls1934,9542031,972+ 2,981
Violence2034,1002817,005+ 17,094
Drownings2131,922444,216+ 27,706
Prostate Cancer2231,0791733,902- 2,823
Fires2328,569512,847+ 25,722
Oral Cancer2424,5143710,027+ 14,488
Peptic Ulcer Disease2523,212502,911+ 20,300
Diabetes Mellitus2622,570671,483- 48,913
Poisonings2720,8633313,542+ 7,321
Liver Cancer2820,4002324,028- 3,628
Drug Use2919,9542423,175- 3,221
Ovary Cancer3017,6043015,437+ 2,167
Bladder Cancer3117,4072618,305- 898
Oesophagus Cancer3217,2022717,225- 23
Rheumatic Heart Disease3317,074483,236+ 13,838
Lymphomas3416,4641439,113- 22,649
Cervical Cancer3516,437427,120+ 9,317
Leukemia3616,4152127,701- 11,286
Congenital Anomalies3715,2383511,807+ 3,431
Kidney Disease3813,342959,186- 45,844
Uterin Cancer3912,268417,771+ 4,497
Skin Cancers4011,4993115,094- 3,595
Alzheimers/Dementia4111,1812251,745- 240,564
Low Birth Weight428,721398,250+ 471
Asthma437,746463,447+ 4,299
Other Neoplasms447,2962916,911- 9,615
Rheumatoid Arthritis454,511522,558+ 1,953
Diarrhoeal diseases463,8113214,905- 11,094
Appendicitis473,66564456+ 3,209
Endocrine Disorders483,2911537,611- 34,320
Epilepsy492,774531,808+ 966
Birth Trauma502,677541,367+ 1,310
War512,57063485+ 2,085
Parkinson's Disease522,1292224,779- 22,649
Meningitis531,17058682+ 488
Multiple Sclerosis541,150454,111- 2,961
Maternal Conditions551,014551,218- 204
Skin Disease56983434,277- 3,294
Encephalitis5778667148+ 638
Malnutrition58520492,976- 2,456
Schizophrenia5939265437- 45
Pertussis603687031+ 338
Hepatitis B6130156721- 420
Hepatitis C62274388,868- 8,594
Anemia63264473,375- 3,111
Dengue64197771+ 196
Upper Respiratory657366204- 130
Syphilis66716834+ 38
Leishmaniasis6766820+ 66
Otitis Media68516933+ 18
Iodine Deficiency6942752+ 41
Tetanus7014725+ 10
Diphtheria7114800+ 14
Chlamydia728790+ 8
Malaria734717- 3
Measles742781+ 1
Trypanosomiasis750810- 0
Chagas disease760734- 4
Schistosomiasis770761- 1
Leprosy780742- 2
Ascariasis790830- 0
Trichuriasis800840- 0
Hookworm Disease810850- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820860- 0
Depression83060559- 559
Prostatic Hypertrophy84062490- 490
Osteoarthritis85057685- 685
Oral conditions86061550- 550

Note: Population is Equalized to USA


United States


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).