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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease162,3951107,232- 44,837
Stroke246,026269,808- 23,782
Influenza and Pneumonia318,140914,086+ 4,054
Road Traffic Accidents416,7291310,959+ 5,770
Diabetes Mellitus513,236157,204+ 6,032
Kidney Disease613,132715,820- 2,688
Hypertension78,175421,326- 13,150
Lung Disease85,009814,860- 9,850
Congenital Anomalies94,8661211,085- 6,219
Low Birth Weight104,7701111,859- 7,089
Inflammatory/Heart114,753517,513- 12,761
Liver Disease123,522341,355- 37,832
Colon-Rectum Cancers133,477272,627+ 850
Tuberculosis143,47252374+ 3,097
Lymphomas153,159184,835- 1,676
Skin Disease162,77448490+ 2,284
Fires172,65749421+ 2,235
Breast Cancer182,531167,139- 4,608
Lung Cancers192,327194,429- 2,103
Endocrine Disorders202,3101012,441- 10,130
Liver Cancer212,161616,810- 14,649
Drownings222,113302,016+ 98
Leukemia231,986223,928- 1,942
Asthma241,855321,924- 68
Birth Trauma251,821175,337- 3,516
Other Injuries261,740233,693- 1,952
Falls271,712351,581+ 131
Stomach Cancer281,378361,553- 175
Diarrhoeal diseases291,341252,761- 1,421
Other Neoplasms301,300243,315- 2,015
Pancreas Cancer311,156282,264- 1,108
Meningitis321,062421,170- 108
Prostate Cancer331,013371,513- 500
Malnutrition341,004262,676- 1,672
Epilepsy3593145648+ 283
Oral Cancer36885411,224- 339
Peptic Ulcer Disease3787847526+ 352
Violence38744292,252- 1,508
Poisonings39735331,656- 921
Bladder Cancer40669204,360- 3,692
Oesophagus Cancer41668381,334- 667
Ovary Cancer42596341,640- 1,044
Rheumatic Heart Disease43465149,168- 8,704
Hepatitis B44398214,344- 3,946
Alzheimers/Dementia4539844863- 466
Parkinson Disease463806464+ 316
Pertussis4734151377- 36
Suicide48311401,264- 953
Dengue493026368+ 234
Maternal Conditions5028843882- 594
Uterin Cancer5127750397- 119
Cervical Cancer5226853372- 104
War532526099+ 153
Skin Cancers5424558117+ 128
Schistosomiasis5522254336- 113
Encephalitis5620156224- 23
Hepatitis C5718757148+ 38
Appendicitis581756284+ 92
Multiple Sclerosis59866831+ 55
Rheumatoid Arthritis60796656+ 24
Leishmaniasis6142391,296- 1,254
Syphilis62386190- 52
Schizophrenia63376924+ 12
Anemia64276556- 29
Alcohol65246735- 11
Tetanus662046580- 560
Upper Respiratory67177113+ 4
Ascariasis6897212- 3
Drug Use699311,972- 1,963
Otitis Media7047014- 10
Chlamydia7137310- 7
Iodine Deficiency723748- 5
Diphtheria733754- 1
Measles74159111- 110
HIV/AIDS75055324- 324
Malaria760760- 0
Trypanosomiasis770770- 0
Chagas disease780780- 0
Leprosy790790- 0
Trichuriasis800800- 0
Hookworm Disease810810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820820- 0
Depression830830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840840- 0
Osteoarthritis850850- 0
Oral conditions860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to EGYPT

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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).