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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease11,539,43511,215,414+ 324,021
Alzheimers/Dementia2984,370633,873+ 980,497
Lung Cancers3670,6122863,762+ 606,850
Lung Disease4603,87421,061,863- 457,990
Stroke5522,3153881,702- 359,387
Diabetes Mellitus6279,51011227,324+ 52,186
Hypertension7278,81115158,334+ 120,477
Colon-Rectum Cancers8242,6533548,576+ 194,077
Kidney Disease9231,42814203,467+ 27,961
Influenza and Pneumonia10204,4515481,508- 277,057
Breast Cancer11187,5142570,196+ 117,318
Suicide12169,5508258,075- 88,525
Pancreas Cancer13163,1345510,786+ 152,348
Lymphomas14152,9394427,089+ 125,850
Endocrine Disorders15147,0653155,358+ 91,707
Liver Disease16138,43712216,865- 78,427
Prostate Cancer17132,5635412,231+ 120,332
Road Traffic Accidents18132,31410233,070- 100,756
Inflammatory/Heart19126,5812481,742+ 44,839
Falls20125,0189254,183- 129,165
Leukemia21108,3184327,392+ 80,925
Parkinson's Disease2296,889643,041+ 93,848
Liver Cancer2393,9544526,788+ 67,165
Drug Use2490,618587,656+ 82,962
Other Injuries2589,08613209,605- 120,520
Bladder Cancer2671,575569,508+ 62,067
Oesophagus Cancer2767,3534138,686+ 28,667
Violence2866,4942667,642- 1,147
Other Neoplasms2966,1265113,325+ 52,801
Ovary Cancer3060,3624819,460+ 40,902
Skin Cancers3159,021671,652+ 57,369
Diarrhoeal diseases3258,2834586,617- 528,334
Poisonings3352,9503839,760+ 13,191
Stomach Cancer3452,0183058,992- 6,974
Congenital Anomalies3546,16919104,200- 58,031
Alcohol3642,601578,034+ 34,566
Oral Cancer3739,2062287,710- 48,504
Hepatitis C3834,675597,162+ 27,514
Low Birth Weight3932,2596380,890- 348,632
HIV/AIDS4030,99218135,187- 104,195
Uterin Cancer4130,385624,773+ 25,612
Cervical Cancer4227,8402767,503- 39,663
Skin Disease4316,7235014,258+ 2,465
Drownings4416,4852194,319- 77,834
Multiple Sclerosis4516,07471819+ 15,254
Asthma4613,47917151,877- 138,397
Anemia4713,197652,801+ 10,396
Rheumatic Heart Disease4812,6552099,262- 86,608
Malnutrition4911,6383645,256- 33,618
Peptic Ulcer Disease5011,3842385,487- 74,103
Fires5111,1333355,292- 44,159
Rheumatoid Arthritis5210,0024914,952- 4,950
Epilepsy537,0693939,097- 32,028
Birth Trauma545,34416157,397- 152,053
Maternal Conditions554,7633451,282- 46,520
Hepatitis B562,8212961,937- 59,117
Osteoarthritis572,679860+ 2,679
Meningitis582,6663255,292- 52,627
Tuberculosis592,3017269,866- 267,566
Depression602,184840+ 2,184
Oral conditions612,14974407+ 1,742
Prostatic Hypertrophy621,916850+ 1,916
War631,89770898+ 999
Appendicitis641,784662,027- 243
Schizophrenia651,70969919+ 791
Upper Respiratory6679773466+ 331
Encephalitis675794039,092- 38,513
Syphilis681325212,815- 12,683
Otitis Media6912872481- 352
Pertussis70120606,967- 6,847
Malaria71264228,418- 28,392
Tetanus72184720,082- 20,064
Chagas disease7317790+ 17
Leprosy7410616,326- 6,317
Iodine Deficiency75676194- 188
Schistosomiasis766800+ 6
Dengue7765312,477- 12,472
Measles7853742,347- 42,342
Chlamydia79077116- 116
Diphtheria80075335- 335
Trypanosomiasis810780- 0
Leishmaniasis8204623,754- 23,754
Ascariasis830681,449- 1,449
Trichuriasis840810- 0
Hookworm Disease850820- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency860830- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to INDIA

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).