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Cause Of Death RankDeathsRankDeathsSummary
Stroke1326,6974146,664+ 180,033
Influenza & Pneumonia2301,664957,722+ 243,942
Coronary Heart Disease3258,2351445,864- 187,629
Lung Cancers4165,7563165,402+ 354
Stomach Cancer5128,2633113,230+ 115,033
Colon-Rectum Cancers6111,580762,592+ 48,988
Liver Cancer783,4102617,862+ 65,548
Suicide877,2401535,441+ 41,799
Kidney Disease967,2581050,889+ 16,369
Pancreas Cancer1064,9581435,715+ 29,243
Other Injuries1144,7202125,827+ 18,893
Lung Disease1240,5495130,808- 90,259
Diabetes Mellitus1336,593675,280- 38,687
Lymphomas1434,8021338,595- 3,793
Liver Disease1532,7451930,027+ 2,718
Breast Cancer1630,6501147,377- 16,727
Oesophagus Cancer1729,6792815,710+ 13,969
Alzheimers/Dementia1825,5032172,765- 147,262
Other Neoplasms1925,4023015,145+ 10,257
Prostate Cancer2025,0921634,299- 9,207
Endocrine Disorders2120,6511833,697- 13,046
Leukemia2219,5802225,443- 5,863
Falls2317,8792324,337- 6,458
Inflammatory/Heart2417,7861733,885- 16,099
Oral Cancer2516,830359,330+ 7,500
Road Traffic Accidents2616,7611245,154- 28,393
Bladder Cancer2716,6142716,279+ 335
Hypertension2816,470862,156- 45,686
Drownings2916,062463,599+ 12,463
Hepatitis C3012,184396,764+ 5,420
Parkinson Disease3111,8762421,557- 9,681
Ovary Cancer3211,6192915,254- 3,635
Tuberculosis339,67160651+ 9,020
Cervical Cancer348,717424,564+ 4,153
Peptic Ulcer Disease358,404493,209+ 5,195
Rheumatic Heart Disease366,344483,401+ 2,943
Uterin Cancer376,094368,638- 2,544
Asthma386,050453,653+ 2,397
Congenital Anomalies395,7053311,835- 6,130
Diarrhoeal diseases405,642387,298- 1,656
Malnutrition414,367512,873+ 1,494
Rheumatoid Arthritis424,140522,545+ 1,595
Fires433,636473,463+ 173
Skin Cancers443,4963213,036- 9,540
Skin Disease453,044434,147- 1,103
Hepatitis B462,36358829+ 1,534
Poisonings472,2902029,473- 27,183
Anemia481,625503,059- 1,434
Epilepsy491,546541,514+ 32
Violence501,4022519,169- 17,767
Schizophrenia511,03062563+ 467
Meningitis5286459792+ 72
Alcohol53817406,230- 5,413
Birth Trauma54612532,237- 1,625
Upper Respiratory5558066157+ 423
Low Birth Weight56580377,748- 7,168
Depression5747761616- 139
Prostatic Hypertrophy5825963541- 282
Multiple Sclerosis59242443,738- 3,496
Appendicitis6021564441- 226
Maternal Conditions61144561,224- 1,080
HIV/AIDS621373411,630- 11,493
Oral conditions6312565209- 84
Osteoarthritis6410357859- 756
Otitis Media65466837+ 9
Syphilis66396745- 6
Tetanus6724706+ 18
Schistosomiasis6812790+ 12
Drug Use697414,732- 4,725
Pertussis7026911- 9
Measles712770+ 2
Malaria722715- 3
Ascariasis732830+ 2
Iodine Deficiency742742+ 0
Chlamydia750751- 1
Diphtheria760761- 1
Trypanosomiasis770780- 0
Chagas disease780723- 3
Leishmaniasis790800- 0
Leprosy800732- 2
Dengue810810- 0
Encephalitis820820- 0
Trichuriasis830840- 0
Hookworm Disease840850- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency850860- 0
War860551,243- 1,243
Population = USATotal

Note: Population is Equalized


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 (2009).