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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1377,2181393,698- 16,481
Stroke2232,7265133,578+ 99,148
Lung Cancers3185,8393171,504+ 14,335
Alzheimers/Dementia4172,7002251,745- 79,045
Influenza and Pneumonia5154,7601052,287+ 102,473
Lung Disease6139,6094154,436- 14,827
Colon-Rectum Cancers791,428862,057+ 29,371
Breast Cancer864,1631147,955+ 16,208
Prostate Cancer960,8511733,902+ 26,949
Oesophagus Cancer1044,0292717,225+ 26,804
Lymphomas1143,4121439,113+ 4,299
Pancreas Cancer1243,3191341,720+ 1,599
Liver Disease1338,4891635,404+ 3,084
Other Injuries1432,7212522,783+ 9,938
Parkinson's Disease1530,8292224,779+ 6,050
Diabetes Mellitus1630,615671,483- 40,867
Bladder Cancer1729,1362618,305+ 10,832
Hypertension1828,901771,304- 42,403
Stomach Cancer1926,7943413,303+ 13,491
Leukemia2026,2682127,701- 1,433
Falls2124,5232031,972- 7,450
Kidney Disease2222,266959,186- 36,920
Liver Cancer2322,0852324,028- 1,942
Suicide2422,0311243,361- 21,330
Ovary Cancer2521,1913015,437+ 5,754
Other Neoplasms2618,3022916,911+ 1,390
Skin Cancers2716,6853115,094+ 1,591
Endocrine Disorders2815,8711537,611- 21,740
Inflammatory/Heart2915,3491932,372- 17,024
Oral Cancer3014,0293710,027+ 4,002
Peptic Ulcer Disease3113,175502,911+ 10,264
Drug Use3212,3722423,175- 10,803
Skin Disease3310,792434,277+ 6,515
Congenital Anomalies3410,5733511,807- 1,234
Uterin Cancer3510,420417,771+ 2,650
Road Traffic Accidents3610,0981833,838- 23,740
Diarrhoeal diseases378,2073214,905- 6,698
Low Birth Weight387,741398,250- 509
Alcohol396,4163610,895- 4,479
Multiple Sclerosis406,333454,111+ 2,222
Cervical Cancer416,014427,120- 1,106
Epilepsy425,764531,808+ 3,957
Asthma435,493463,447+ 2,046
Rheumatic Heart Disease445,280483,236+ 2,044
Rheumatoid Arthritis453,828522,558+ 1,270
Poisonings463,2223313,542- 10,320
Violence472,0212817,005- 14,984
Tuberculosis481,82159588+ 1,232
Fires491,685512,847- 1,162
Drownings501,522444,216- 2,694
HIV/AIDS511,481407,926- 6,444
Osteoarthritis521,37057685+ 685
Birth Trauma531,361541,367- 6
Hepatitis C541,217388,868- 7,651
Meningitis551,11158682+ 430
Anemia561,012473,375- 2,363
Prostatic Hypertrophy5793762490+ 447
Appendicitis5868064456+ 224
Depression5956060559+ 1
Malnutrition60535492,976- 2,441
Schizophrenia6139265437- 45
Hepatitis B6237856721- 343
Oral conditions6337261550- 177
Maternal Conditions64317551,218- 901
Upper Respiratory6527066204+ 66
War6621863485- 267
Encephalitis6712567148- 23
Otitis Media68996933+ 66
Malaria6938717+ 31
Syphilis70146834- 20
Pertussis7197031- 21
Measles725781+ 4
Schistosomiasis733761+ 2
Leishmaniasis742820+ 2
Leprosy752742- 1
Tetanus762725- 3
Chlamydia770790- 0
Diphtheria780800- 0
Trypanosomiasis790810- 0
Chagas disease800734- 4
Dengue810771- 1
Ascariasis820830- 0
Trichuriasis830840- 0
Hookworm Disease840850- 0
Iodine Deficiency850752- 2
Vitamin A Deficiency860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to USA

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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).