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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1104,386276,043+ 28,343
Alzheimers/Dementia276,367303,274+ 73,093
Stroke374,785333,143+ 41,642
Lung Cancers456,978166,362+ 50,616
Colon-Rectum Cancers544,768244,639+ 40,130
Lung Disease638,949623,286+ 15,663
Hypertension727,742820,745+ 6,997
Diabetes Mellitus826,337187,550- 61,214
Influenza and Pneumonia924,511720,770+ 3,741
Kidney Disease1018,9601113,865+ 5,096
Breast Cancer1117,975176,007+ 11,969
Prostate Cancer1216,986195,755+ 11,231
Stomach Cancer1316,110185,965+ 10,145
Pancreas Cancer1415,993293,890+ 12,103
Bladder Cancer1514,590451,120+ 13,470
Lymphomas1613,655284,048+ 9,607
Liver Cancer1713,194205,500+ 7,693
Liver Disease1812,754524,985- 12,231
Inflammatory/Heart1912,497411,681+ 10,816
Other Injuries2011,9101014,960- 3,050
Other Neoplasms2110,850224,953+ 5,897
Endocrine Disorders2210,1261310,814- 688
Leukemia239,411274,350+ 5,061
Parkinson Disease249,237461,097+ 8,140
Suicide258,304214,969+ 3,336
Oral Cancer266,577471,074+ 5,504
Falls275,719382,145+ 3,574
Oesophagus Cancer285,288501,000+ 4,288
Rheumatic Heart Disease295,20252863+ 4,340
Ovary Cancer305,146392,008+ 3,138
Road Traffic Accidents315,080914,968- 9,887
Skin Cancers324,537421,579+ 2,957
Uterin Cancer333,92858537+ 3,390
Skin Disease343,125372,168+ 957
Congenital Anomalies353,1221211,090- 7,969
Asthma362,885441,465+ 1,420
HIV/AIDS372,607234,701- 2,094
Cervical Cancer382,574254,560- 1,987
Diarrhoeal diseases392,135313,193- 1,058
Hepatitis C402,07153659+ 1,413
Anemia411,611332,475- 863
Epilepsy421,446401,729- 283
Drug Use431,295481,049+ 246
Peptic Ulcer Disease441,278352,294- 1,015
Low Birth Weight451,201156,798- 5,597
Drownings461,146322,664- 1,518
Poisonings471,08951940+ 148
Alcohol481,022264,501- 3,479
Tuberculosis49866362,241- 1,375
Violence50822432,672- 31,849
Rheumatoid Arthritis51694431,509- 815
Multiple Sclerosis5259760333+ 265
Birth Trauma53584342,307- 1,722
Prostatic Hypertrophy5452955611- 82
Meningitis5544856605- 157
Malnutrition56442147,991- 7,549
Schizophrenia574306598+ 332
Fires5841554638- 223
Hepatitis B5936261332+ 30
Osteoarthritis6031563277+ 38
Appendicitis6120257584- 382
Depression6215462281- 127
Upper Respiratory638659520- 434
Maternal Conditions6464491,026- 961
Encephalitis65496836+ 13
Oral conditions663164110- 79
Pertussis67296933- 4
Syphilis68237212+ 11
Otitis Media69146737- 22
Malaria7013771+ 12
Leishmaniasis7110762+ 7
Chagas disease7277030- 23
Leprosy736746+ 1
Tetanus7467115- 8
Iodine Deficiency754752+ 2
Chlamydia760780- 0
Diphtheria770790- 0
Measles780800- 0
Trypanosomiasis790810- 0
Schistosomiasis800820- 0
Dengue8106694- 94
Ascariasis820737- 7
Trichuriasis830830- 0
Hookworm Disease840840- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency850850- 0
War860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to MEXICO




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).