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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1104,704276,043+ 28,661
Alzheimers/Dementia276,600303,274+ 73,326
Stroke375,013333,143+ 41,870
Lung Cancers457,152166,362+ 50,790
Colon-Rectum Cancers544,905244,639+ 40,266
Lung Disease639,068623,286+ 15,782
Hypertension727,827820,745+ 7,082
Diabetes Mellitus826,417187,550- 61,133
Influenza and Pneumonia924,586720,770+ 3,816
Kidney Disease1019,0181113,865+ 5,153
Breast Cancer1118,030176,007+ 12,023
Prostate Cancer1217,037195,755+ 11,283
Stomach Cancer1316,159185,965+ 10,194
Pancreas Cancer1416,042293,890+ 12,151
Bladder Cancer1514,635451,120+ 13,514
Lymphomas1613,696284,048+ 9,648
Liver Cancer1713,234205,500+ 7,734
Liver Disease1812,793524,985- 12,192
Inflammatory/Heart1912,535411,681+ 10,854
Other Injuries2011,9471014,960- 3,013
Other Neoplasms2110,883224,953+ 5,930
Endocrine Disorders2210,1571310,814- 657
Leukemia239,439274,350+ 5,090
Parkinson's Disease249,265461,097+ 8,169
Suicide258,330214,969+ 3,361
Oral Cancer266,597471,074+ 5,524
Falls275,737382,145+ 3,592
Oesophagus Cancer285,304501,000+ 4,304
Rheumatic Heart Disease295,21852863+ 4,355
Ovary Cancer305,162392,008+ 3,154
Road Traffic Accidents315,096914,968- 9,872
Skin Cancers324,550421,579+ 2,971
Uterin Cancer333,94058537+ 3,402
Skin Disease343,135372,168+ 967
Congenital Anomalies353,1311211,090- 7,959
Asthma362,894441,465+ 1,429
HIV/AIDS372,615234,701- 2,086
Cervical Cancer382,581254,560- 1,979
Diarrhoeal diseases392,142313,193- 1,051
Hepatitis C402,07853659+ 1,419
Anemia411,616332,475- 858
Epilepsy421,450401,729- 279
Drug Use431,299481,049+ 250
Peptic Ulcer Disease441,282352,294- 1,011
Low Birth Weight451,204156,798- 5,593
Drownings461,150322,664- 1,514
Poisonings471,09251940+ 152
Alcohol481,025264,501- 3,476
Tuberculosis49869362,241- 1,372
Violence50825432,672- 31,847
Rheumatoid Arthritis51696431,509- 813
Multiple Sclerosis5259960333+ 267
Birth Trauma53586342,307- 1,721
Prostatic Hypertrophy5453055611- 80
Meningitis5544956605- 156
Malnutrition56444147,991- 7,548
Schizophrenia574316598+ 333
Fires5841654638- 222
Hepatitis B5936361332+ 31
Osteoarthritis6031663277+ 39
Appendicitis6120357584- 381
Depression6215562281- 127
Upper Respiratory638659520- 434
Maternal Conditions6465491,026- 961
Encephalitis65496836+ 13
Oral conditions663164110- 79
Pertussis67296933- 4
Syphilis68237212+ 11
Otitis Media69146737- 22
Malaria7013771+ 12
Leishmaniasis7110762+ 8
Chagas disease7277030- 23
Leprosy737746+ 1
Tetanus7467115- 8
Iodine Deficiency755752+ 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).