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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease11,669,03821,505,339+ 163,700
Alzheimers/Dementia21,067,2441869,986+ 997,257
Lung Cancers3727,0704595,800+ 131,270
Lung Disease4654,71331,012,869- 358,155
Stroke5566,28912,331,274- 1,764,985
Diabetes Mellitus6303,0429226,568+ 76,475
Hypertension7302,2848248,234+ 54,051
Colon-Rectum Cancers8263,08112139,000+ 124,082
Kidney Disease9250,9121781,722+ 169,190
Influenza and Pneumonia10221,66410207,898+ 13,766
Breast Cancer11203,3002547,964+ 155,336
Suicide12183,82513120,730+ 63,095
Pancreas Cancer13176,8682063,499+ 113,369
Lymphomas14165,8153435,538+ 130,276
Endocrine Disorders15159,4474020,344+ 139,103
Liver Disease16150,0921692,266+ 57,827
Prostate Cancer17143,7243922,503+ 121,221
Road Traffic Accidents18143,4537279,167- 135,714
Inflammatory/Heart19137,2382351,854+ 85,384
Falls20135,54314116,128+ 19,415
Leukemia21117,4372254,955+ 62,482
Parkinson's Disease22105,0464711,138+ 93,908
Liver Cancer23101,8635380,733- 278,869
Drug Use2498,247545,594+ 92,654
Other Injuries2596,58615102,349- 5,764
Bladder Cancer2677,6013726,719+ 50,882
Oesophagus Cancer2773,02311197,144- 124,121
Violence2872,0924412,099+ 59,993
Other Neoplasms2971,6933236,980+ 34,713
Ovary Cancer3065,4444214,668+ 50,776
Skin Cancers3163,9904511,939+ 52,051
Diarrhoeal diseases3263,1904810,859+ 52,331
Poisonings3357,4082840,809+ 16,599
Stomach Cancer3456,3976324,439- 268,042
Congenital Anomalies3550,0562448,977+ 1,078
Alcohol3646,187564,688+ 41,499
Oral Cancer3742,5073336,029+ 6,478
Hepatitis C3837,595631,586+ 36,008
Low Birth Weight3934,9742740,828- 5,853
HIV/AIDS4033,6013038,420- 4,819
Uterin Cancer4132,9434117,143+ 15,799
Cervical Cancer4230,1843629,506+ 678
Skin Disease4318,131574,253+ 13,879
Drownings4417,8732159,865- 41,992
Multiple Sclerosis4517,427591,795+ 15,632
Asthma4614,6143824,902- 10,288
Anemia4714,3084910,070+ 4,237
Rheumatic Heart Disease4813,7201963,919- 50,199
Malnutrition4912,618555,098+ 7,520
Peptic Ulcer Disease5012,3433529,969- 17,626
Fires5112,070519,067+ 3,003
Rheumatoid Arthritis5210,8444611,435- 590
Epilepsy537,6644313,816- 6,153
Birth Trauma545,7942939,569- 33,775
Maternal Conditions555,164536,047- 883
Hepatitis B563,0583137,085- 34,027
Osteoarthritis572,905850+ 2,905
Meningitis582,890528,872- 5,982
Tuberculosis592,4942644,060- 41,566
Depression602,368840+ 2,368
Oral conditions612,330860+ 2,330
Prostatic Hypertrophy622,078621,646+ 432
War632,057582,425- 368
Appendicitis641,934611,767+ 167
Schizophrenia651,853509,567- 7,714
Upper Respiratory66864671,146- 282
Encephalitis6762875129+ 499
Syphilis68143641,579- 1,437
Otitis Media6913973180- 41
Pertussis70130601,773- 1,643
Malaria71297912+ 17
Tetanus722070648- 628
Chagas disease731971245- 227
Leprosy7410661,210- 1,199
Iodine Deficiency7567838- 31
Schistosomiasis76669666- 660
Dengue7767772- 66
Measles78668792- 786
Chlamydia79074154- 154
Diphtheria800800- 0
Trypanosomiasis810810- 0
Leishmaniasis820651,314- 1,314
Ascariasis83072205- 205
Trichuriasis840820- 0
Hookworm Disease850830- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency86076108- 108

Note: Population is Equalized to CHINA

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).