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Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Influenza and Pneumonia1321,7291052,287+ 269,442
Stroke2308,3575133,578+ 174,779
Coronary Heart Disease3262,1221393,698- 131,576
Lung Cancers4183,4493171,504+ 11,945
Stomach Cancer5130,3363413,303+ 117,033
Colon-Rectum Cancers6121,940862,057+ 59,884
Other Injuries787,9652522,783+ 65,182
Liver Cancer881,4312324,028+ 57,403
Pancreas Cancer976,7581341,720+ 35,038
Suicide1075,3181243,361+ 31,956
Kidney Disease1174,462959,186+ 15,276
Lung Disease1244,1974154,436- 110,239
Alzheimers/Dementia1343,3772251,745- 208,368
Lymphomas1439,5761439,113+ 463
Diabetes Mellitus1537,696671,483- 33,787
Breast Cancer1633,7701147,955- 14,185
Liver Disease1733,5891635,404- 1,816
Oesophagus Cancer1831,9512717,225+ 14,726
Prostate Cancer1928,9081733,902- 4,994
Other Neoplasms2026,2312916,911+ 9,320
Endocrine Disorders2123,4471537,611- 14,163
Leukemia2221,9522127,701- 5,749
Falls2319,5712031,972- 12,402
Bladder Cancer2418,8542618,305+ 549
Oral Cancer2518,7823710,027+ 8,755
Drownings2618,762444,216+ 14,546
Hypertension2718,328771,304- 52,976
Inflammatory/Heart2818,1401932,372- 14,232
Road Traffic Accidents2915,8191833,838- 18,019
Parkinson's Disease3015,4952224,779- 9,283
Hepatitis C3112,107388,868+ 3,239
Ovary Cancer3211,9063015,437- 3,531
Cervical Cancer338,852427,120+ 1,732
Tuberculosis348,74259588+ 8,153
Peptic Ulcer Disease357,828502,911+ 4,916
Uterin Cancer366,800417,771- 971
Rheumatic Heart Disease376,062483,236+ 2,825
Congenital Anomalies385,9413511,807- 5,866
Diarrhoeal diseases395,8833214,905- 9,023
Asthma404,714463,447+ 1,266
Malnutrition414,407492,976+ 1,431
Rheumatoid Arthritis424,263522,558+ 1,705
Skin Disease433,982434,277- 294
Skin Cancers443,9113115,094- 11,183
Fires453,406512,847+ 559
Poisonings462,4513313,542- 11,090
Alcohol472,3383610,895- 8,557
Drug Use482,0702423,175- 21,105
Epilepsy492,046531,808+ 238
Hepatitis B502,03556721+ 1,314
Anemia511,805473,375- 1,569
Schizophrenia521,46665437+ 1,029
Violence531,0702817,005- 15,935
Low Birth Weight54751398,250- 7,499
Meningitis5566758682- 15
Depression5658660559+ 27
Birth Trauma57390541,367- 977
Upper Respiratory5837666204+ 172
Prostatic Hypertrophy5929262490- 199
Appendicitis6027664456- 180
Multiple Sclerosis61231454,111- 3,880
Encephalitis6220267148+ 54
Maternal Conditions63178551,218- 1,040
Osteoarthritis6416157685- 524
Oral conditions6515061550- 399
HIV/AIDS66144407,926- 7,782
Otitis Media67356933+ 2
Syphilis68276834- 6
Tetanus6927725+ 22
War701863485- 467
Schistosomiasis7110761+ 9
Malaria722717- 4
Measles732781+ 1
Pertussis7427031- 29
Iodine Deficiency751752- 1
Chlamydia760790- 0
Diphtheria770800- 0
Trypanosomiasis780810- 0
Chagas disease790734- 4
Leishmaniasis800820- 0
Leprosy810742- 2
Dengue820771- 1
Ascariasis830830- 0
Trichuriasis840840- 0
Hookworm Disease850850- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency860860- 0

Note: Population is Equalized to USA


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).