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Cause Of Death RankDeathsRankDeathsSummary
Coronary Heart Disease157,520178,897- 21,377
Hypertension229,359614,300+ 15,059
Diabetes Mellitus316,1731011,432+ 4,741
Road Traffic Accidents414,418515,981- 1,563
Stroke513,219252,166- 38,947
Other Injuries612,806194,013+ 8,793
Influenza & Pneumonia711,478911,991- 513
Low Birth Weight810,696713,587- 2,891
Congenital Anomalies97,012118,733- 1,721
Kidney Disease106,998418,860- 11,862
Suicide114,166401,027+ 3,139
Drownings124,053301,815+ 2,238
Endocrine Disorders133,868812,652- 8,784
Falls143,832351,376+ 2,456
Lung Disease153,298155,765- 2,467
Colon-Rectum Cancers163,102282,223+ 879
Lymphomas172,617145,941- 3,324
Diarrhoeal diseases182,237213,212- 975
Liver Disease192,047326,649- 24,602
Birth Trauma202,011272,378- 367
Violence211,95349490+ 1,463
Breast Cancer221,945136,546- 4,601
Lung Cancers231,672223,184- 1,512
Skin Disease241,65352333+ 1,320
Leukemia251,502232,858- 1,356
Tuberculosis261,480242,720- 1,240
Pancreas Cancer271,221381,228- 7
Inflammatory/Heart281,179126,823- 5,644
Liver Cancer291,171165,354- 4,183
Epilepsy301,13548553+ 582
Other Neoplasms311,119203,441- 2,322
Asthma321,072311,773- 701
Stomach Cancer331,055361,336- 281
Hepatitis B34857185,184- 4,327
Prostate Cancer35827371,283- 456
Poisonings3682442961- 137
Oral Cancer37725341,389- 664
Schistosomiasis38689321,596- 907
Peptic Ulcer Disease3967251371+ 301
Parkinson Disease405766560+ 516
Anemia4155147571- 20
Dengue42523820+ 523
Oesophagus Cancer43482411,010- 528
Ovary Cancer44427391,151- 724
Rheumatic Heart Disease4541343913- 500
Bladder Cancer46400175,235- 4,835
Maternal Conditions47391331,593- 1,202
Meningitis48388291,924- 1,536
Fires4934259171+ 171
Hepatitis C50287262,592- 2,305
Alcohol5122356214+ 9
Uterin Cancer5217961164+ 15
Cervical Cancer5315253299- 147
Alzheimers/Dementia5414345720- 577
Skin Cancers5513260165- 33
Drug Use56116252,607- 2,491
Prostatic Hypertrophy5711664126- 10
Syphilis585554283- 228
Iodine Deficiency59556639+ 16
Rheumatoid Arthritis60556739+ 16
Vitamin A Deficiency6144791+ 43
Multiple Sclerosis6228756+ 22
Malaria632563134- 109
Malnutrition642544771- 746
Upper Respiratory652255234- 212
Appendicitis66227016+ 6
Tetanus671146615- 604
Oral conditions68117113- 2
Otitis Media6987212- 4
Leprosy706775+ 1
Chlamydia7106819- 19
HIV/AIDS72050416- 416
Pertussis73062157- 157
Diphtheria740765- 5
Measles75058177- 177
Trypanosomiasis760800- 0
Chagas disease770810- 0
Leishmaniasis78057178- 178
Encephalitis790830- 0
Ascariasis800840- 0
Trichuriasis810850- 0
Hookworm Disease820781- 1
Depression830748- 8
Schizophrenia8407312- 12
Osteoarthritis8506918- 18
War860860- 0
Population = EGYPTTotal

Note: Population is Equalized

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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 (2009).