CHINA VS USA: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

Click Country Link To Compare
UNITED STATES CHINA Deaths
Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease12,023,70221,597,170+ 426,532
Alzheimers/Dementia21,114,4877312,812+ 801,676
Lung Disease3767,44831,011,931- 244,484
Lung Cancers4682,1364635,640+ 46,496
Stroke5557,22512,098,609- 1,541,384
Influenza and Pneumonia6339,78710217,062+ 122,725
Diabetes Mellitus7337,56113165,989+ 171,572
Colon-Rectum Cancers8255,14015148,964+ 106,176
Kidney Disease9252,62712187,373+ 65,254
Breast Cancer10199,7062249,011+ 150,695
Liver Disease11198,23014161,377+ 36,853
Suicide12194,19316138,622+ 55,571
Pancreas Cancer13171,2751969,713+ 101,562
Endocrine Disorders14169,0653626,778+ 142,287
Hypertension15166,4428280,611- 114,169
Lymphomas16166,0542838,425+ 127,629
Road Traffic Accidents17147,4119268,127- 120,716
Drug Use18143,6193427,925+ 115,694
Falls19137,97117105,569+ 32,402
Prostate Cancer20135,5843824,392+ 111,192
Inflammatory/Heart21134,5662936,621+ 97,945
Parkinson's Disease22118,686509,789+ 108,897
Leukemia23114,2222057,230+ 56,993
Liver Cancer24103,7395396,791- 293,052
Other Injuries2584,9342345,721+ 39,213
Bladder Cancer2676,3983229,437+ 46,960
Oesophagus Cancer2772,66611196,639- 123,973
Violence2871,5174611,873+ 59,645
Other Neoplasms2969,6912640,361+ 29,330
Skin Cancers3062,2834119,556+ 42,727
Ovary Cancer3162,0694315,210+ 46,860
Stomach Cancer3255,0026326,453- 271,451
Congenital Anomalies3346,4872444,671+ 1,817
Diarrhoeal diseases3445,651519,208+ 36,442
Oral Cancer3544,4022738,575+ 5,827
Alcohol3639,3764412,585+ 26,791
Uterin Cancer3733,6484216,499+ 17,149
Cervical Cancer3831,5823329,140+ 2,442
Low Birth Weight3928,2393133,151- 4,912
HIV/AIDS4028,1263923,058+ 5,068
Skin Disease4119,459536,955+ 12,504
Multiple Sclerosis4218,843611,374+ 17,469
Asthma4317,0263527,680- 10,654
Poisonings4416,2684022,392- 6,124
Drownings4515,5622151,961- 36,399
Malnutrition4615,0514810,539+ 4,512
Rheumatic Heart Disease4713,7631885,574- 71,811
Peptic Ulcer Disease4813,1672542,288- 29,121
Anemia4912,96969231+ 12,738
Fires5012,4054910,380+ 2,025
Rheumatoid Arthritis5110,4454710,954- 509
Epilepsy529,5384512,196- 2,657
Birth Trauma534,7233725,919- 21,196
Hepatitis B543,207546,813- 3,606
Encephalitis552,965573,622- 657
Meningitis562,723556,218- 3,495
Tuberculosis572,4413033,634- 31,193
Schizophrenia582,418529,166- 6,748
Maternal Conditions592,345564,673- 2,328
Appendicitis601,683592,002- 319
Upper Respiratory6169266370+ 322
Syphilis6261163982- 371
Otitis Media6318970230- 40
Hepatitis C6418767282- 96
War65165582,419- 2,254
Pertussis6667601,534- 1,467
Chlamydia67147510+ 4
Dengue68127460- 48
Tetanus691164706- 694
Iodine Deficiency70871132- 124
Leprosy713621,091- 1,088
Diphtheria722770+ 2
Malaria732763- 1
Measles74265567- 566
Trypanosomiasis750780- 0
Chagas disease760790- 0
Schistosomiasis77072103- 103
Leishmaniasis78068272- 272
Ascariasis7907390- 90
Trichuriasis800800- 0
Hookworm Disease810810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820820- 0
Depression830830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840840- 0
Osteoarthritis850850- 0
Oral conditions860860- 0
TOTAL DEATHS

Note: Population is Equalized to CHINA

United States

China

THE INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE

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: http://worldlifeexpectancy.com/world-rankings-total-deaths

ABOUT OUR DATA

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.

Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
Data Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 2017