INDIA VS USA: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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UNITED STATES INDIA Deaths
Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease11,880,84611,446,853+ 433,993
Alzheimers/Dementia21,035,81417126,731+ 909,083
Lung Disease3713,2722896,779- 183,507
Lung Cancers4633,9832284,904+ 549,079
Stroke5517,8903694,258- 176,369
Influenza and Pneumonia6315,8014648,220- 332,419
Diabetes Mellitus7313,7328298,243+ 15,489
Colon-Rectum Cancers8237,1292953,394+ 183,735
Kidney Disease9234,79411257,862- 23,068
Breast Cancer10185,6082376,356+ 109,252
Liver Disease11184,23710259,749- 75,512
Suicide12180,48512206,278- 25,793
Pancreas Cancer13159,1845115,743+ 143,442
Endocrine Disorders14157,1314326,223+ 130,908
Hypertension15154,69314160,001- 5,309
Lymphomas16154,3324029,342+ 124,990
Road Traffic Accidents17137,0059278,383- 141,378
Drug Use18133,4814917,132+ 116,349
Falls19128,23213204,603- 76,371
Prostate Cancer20126,0135413,586+ 112,427
Inflammatory/Heart21125,0675016,989+ 108,078
Parkinson's Disease22110,308674,162+ 106,146
Leukemia23106,1594227,756+ 78,403
Liver Cancer2496,4164128,552+ 67,864
Other Injuries2578,93816130,822- 51,884
Bladder Cancer2671,0055810,510+ 60,494
Oesophagus Cancer2767,5363641,255+ 26,282
Violence2866,4693052,987+ 13,482
Other Neoplasms2964,7725314,329+ 50,443
Skin Cancers3057,886664,359+ 53,527
Ovary Cancer3157,6884621,684+ 36,004
Stomach Cancer3251,1192761,372- 10,253
Congenital Anomalies3343,20618116,118- 72,912
Diarrhoeal diseases3442,4286431,178- 388,750
Oral Cancer3541,2672194,354- 53,087
Alcohol3636,596617,841+ 28,755
Uterin Cancer3731,273644,984+ 26,289
Cervical Cancer3829,3532468,906- 39,553
Low Birth Weight3926,2467329,864- 303,619
HIV/AIDS4026,1402567,170- 41,029
Skin Disease4118,0855711,153+ 6,932
Multiple Sclerosis4217,512654,977+ 12,535
Asthma4315,82420110,369- 94,545
Poisonings4415,1204424,690- 9,571
Drownings4514,4642663,004- 48,540
Malnutrition4613,9893152,285- 38,297
Rheumatic Heart Disease4712,79119110,869- 98,078
Peptic Ulcer Disease4812,2382857,658- 45,420
Anemia4912,054598,934+ 3,120
Fires5011,5293251,222- 39,693
Rheumatoid Arthritis519,7084819,672- 9,964
Epilepsy528,8653929,700- 20,835
Birth Trauma534,38915137,726- 133,337
Hepatitis B542,9813343,284- 40,303
Encephalitis552,7563839,913- 37,157
Meningitis562,5313740,312- 37,781
Tuberculosis572,2695470,641- 468,371
Schizophrenia582,248681,958+ 290
Maternal Conditions592,1793443,120- 40,940
Appendicitis601,5645214,802- 13,238
Upper Respiratory6164371774- 131
Syphilis62568626,148- 5,580
Otitis Media6317670990- 814
Hepatitis C64174691,128- 955
War6515375254- 101
Pertussis6662634,997- 4,935
Chlamydia67137733- 21
Dengue68114720,232- 20,221
Tetanus69115611,881- 11,870
Iodine Deficiency70772494- 486
Leprosy713608,340- 8,337
Diphtheria72276104- 101
Malaria7324523,677- 23,675
Measles7413542,009- 42,007
Trypanosomiasis750780- 0
Chagas disease760790- 0
Schistosomiasis770800- 0
Leishmaniasis7805512,095- 12,095
Ascariasis79074455- 455
Trichuriasis800810- 0
Hookworm Disease810820- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820830- 0
Depression830840- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840850- 0
Osteoarthritis850860- 0
Oral conditions86073471- 471
TOTAL DEATHS

Note: Population is Equalized to INDIA

United States

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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