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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease165,7851107,232- 41,446
Stroke248,527269,808- 21,281
Influenza and Pneumonia319,126914,086+ 5,040
Road Traffic Accidents417,6381310,959+ 6,679
Diabetes Mellitus513,955157,204+ 6,751
Kidney Disease613,846715,820- 1,974
Hypertension78,620421,326- 12,706
Lung Disease85,281814,860- 9,578
Congenital Anomalies95,1311211,085- 5,955
Low Birth Weight105,0291111,859- 6,830
Inflammatory/Heart115,011517,513- 12,503
Liver Disease123,714341,355- 37,641
Colon-Rectum Cancers133,666272,627+ 1,039
Tuberculosis143,66052374+ 3,286
Lymphomas153,330184,835- 1,504
Skin Disease162,92548490+ 2,435
Fires172,80149421+ 2,380
Breast Cancer182,668167,139- 4,470
Lung Cancers192,453194,429- 1,976
Endocrine Disorders202,4361012,441- 10,005
Liver Cancer212,279616,810- 14,532
Drownings222,228302,016+ 212
Leukemia232,093223,928- 1,834
Asthma241,956321,924+ 33
Birth Trauma251,920175,337- 3,417
Other Injuries261,835233,693- 1,858
Falls271,805351,581+ 224
Stomach Cancer281,453361,553- 100
Diarrhoeal diseases291,414252,761- 1,348
Other Neoplasms301,371243,315- 1,944
Pancreas Cancer311,219282,264- 1,045
Meningitis321,119421,170- 50
Prostate Cancer331,068371,513- 445
Malnutrition341,059262,676- 1,618
Epilepsy3598245648+ 334
Oral Cancer36933411,224- 291
Peptic Ulcer Disease3792647526+ 400
Violence38785292,252- 1,468
Poisonings39775331,656- 881
Bladder Cancer40705204,360- 3,655
Oesophagus Cancer41704381,334- 630
Ovary Cancer42629341,640- 1,011
Rheumatic Heart Disease43490149,168- 8,678
Hepatitis B44420214,344- 3,924
Alzheimers/Dementia4541944863- 444
Parkinson's Disease464016464+ 336
Pertussis4736051377- 17
Suicide48328401,264- 936
Dengue493196368+ 251
Maternal Conditions5030343882- 578
Uterin Cancer5129250397- 104
Cervical Cancer5228253372- 90
War532666099+ 167
Skin Cancers5425858117+ 142
Schistosomiasis5523554336- 101
Encephalitis5621256224- 13
Hepatitis C5719757148+ 49
Appendicitis581856284+ 101
Multiple Sclerosis59916831+ 60
Rheumatoid Arthritis60836656+ 28
Leishmaniasis6144391,296- 1,251
Syphilis62406190- 50
Schizophrenia63396924+ 14
Anemia64296556- 27
Alcohol65266735- 9
Tetanus662146580- 559
Upper Respiratory67187113+ 5
Ascariasis6897212- 3
Drug Use699311,972- 1,963
Otitis Media7047014- 10
Chlamydia7137310- 7
Iodine Deficiency723748- 4
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

Saudi Arabia



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).