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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease142,971134,331+ 8,640
Alzheimers/Dementia227,477223,541+ 3,936
Lung Cancers318,719320,187- 1,468
Lung Disease416,856511,105+ 5,751
Stroke514,580413,465+ 1,114
Diabetes Mellitus67,80276,630+ 1,172
Hypertension77,783202,572+ 5,211
Colon-Rectum Cancers86,77369,070- 2,297
Kidney Disease96,460144,012+ 2,448
Influenza and Pneumonia105,70785,638+ 69
Breast Cancer115,23495,405- 171
Suicide124,733153,983+ 749
Pancreas Cancer134,554124,243+ 311
Lymphomas144,269114,520- 250
Endocrine Disorders154,105163,246+ 859
Liver Disease163,864173,117+ 748
Prostate Cancer173,700134,178- 478
Road Traffic Accidents183,693232,239+ 1,455
Inflammatory/Heart193,533301,523+ 2,010
Falls203,490104,678- 1,188
Leukemia213,024182,851+ 172
Parkinson's Disease222,704262,038+ 667
Liver Cancer232,623222,286+ 337
Drug Use242,52936893+ 1,637
Other Injuries252,487192,636- 149
Bladder Cancer261,998212,386- 388
Oesophagus Cancer271,880242,107- 227
Violence281,85639626+ 1,230
Other Neoplasms291,846311,490+ 356
Ovary Cancer301,685281,615+ 70
Skin Cancers311,647271,787- 140
Diarrhoeal diseases321,627291,562+ 65
Poisonings331,47837692+ 786
Stomach Cancer341,452252,091- 639
Congenital Anomalies351,289341,050+ 239
Alcohol361,189321,373- 184
Oral Cancer371,094331,224- 130
Hepatitis C3896841520+ 448
Low Birth Weight3990038630+ 270
HIV/AIDS4086546372+ 493
Uterin Cancer4184835920- 71
Cervical Cancer4277740558+ 219
Skin Disease4346748355+ 112
Drownings4446049293+ 167
Multiple Sclerosis4544942507- 58
Asthma4637652228+ 148
Anemia4736844433- 65
Rheumatic Heart Disease4835343451- 98
Malnutrition4932554186+ 139
Peptic Ulcer Disease5031845422- 104
Fires5131150286+ 24
Rheumatoid Arthritis5227951257+ 22
Epilepsy5319747371- 174
Birth Trauma5414953219- 70
Maternal Conditions551336346+ 87
Hepatitis B56796080- 2
Osteoarthritis577556129- 54
Meningitis58746177- 3
Tuberculosis596457116- 52
Depression60615996- 35
Oral conditions61606529+ 31
Prostatic Hypertrophy62535899- 46
War63536625+ 28
Appendicitis64506275- 25
Schizophrenia654855134- 86
Upper Respiratory66226430- 8
Encephalitis67166718- 1
Syphilis684685- 1
Otitis Media694694- 1
Pertussis703703+ 1
Malaria711712- 1
Tetanus721741- 0
Chagas disease730731- 0
Leprosy740770- 0
Iodine Deficiency750850+ 0
Schistosomiasis760721- 1
Dengue770810+ 0
Measles780760- 0
Chlamydia790780- 0
Diphtheria800790- 0
Trypanosomiasis810800- 0
Leishmaniasis820750- 0
Ascariasis830820- 0
Trichuriasis840830- 0
Hookworm Disease850840- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to CANADA

United States



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).