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Compare United States and South Africa health profiles including life expectancy history, causes of death and population dynamics side by side. Health Data used is WHO 2014 updates, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
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    LIFE EXPECTANCY HISTORY
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      Male Female All M F All   Male Female All M F All
    1960
    66.6
    73.1
    69.8
    23
    15
    16
     
    47.4
    51.0
    49.2
    100
    96
    98
    1970
    67.1
    74.7
    70.8
    24
    12
    21
     
    50.4
    55.8
    53.0
    118
    101
    107
    1980
    70.0
    77.5
    73.7
    22
    11
    18
     
    53.9
    60.6
    57.2
    125
    112
    119
    1990
    71.8
    78.8
    75.2
    29
    17
    21
     
    57.9
    65.4
    61.6
    130
    118
    123
    2000
    74.0
    79.5
    76.8
    28
    29
    28
     
    54.6
    60.1
    57.3
    148
    140
    146
    2010
    76.2
    81.1
    78.7
    30
    30
    30
     
    55.5
    60.3
    58.0
    165
    154
    159
    2015
    76.9
    81.6
    79.3
    33
    33
    31
     
    59.3
    66.2
    62.9
    158
    145
    152
     
     
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
          World Rank       World Rank
      Male Female M F   Male Female M F
    At Birth
    76.9
    81.6
    33
    33
     
    59.3
    66.2
    158
    145
    Age 5
    77.5
    82.1
    33
    34
     
    62.2
    68.7
    169
    154
    Age 10
    77.5
    82.1
    33
    34
     
    62.5
    69.0
    171
    154
    Age 15
    77.6
    82.2
    34
    34
     
    62.8
    69.2
    172
    155
    Age 20
    77.8
    82.2
    33
    34
     
    63.2
    69.5
    174
    158
    Age 25
    78.1
    82.4
    33
    34
     
    63.7
    69.9
    177
    162
    Age 30
    78.4
    82.5
    32
    34
     
    64.3
    70.6
    179
    162
    Age 35
    78.8
    82.7
    32
    34
     
    65.3
    71.7
    179
    156
    Age 40
    79.1
    82.9
    31
    34
     
    66.7
    73.2
    180
    152
    Age 45
    79.6
    83.3
    30
    33
     
    68.2
    74.6
    180
    146
    Age 50
    80.2
    83.7
    30
    31
     
    69.8
    75.9
    181
    143
    Age 55
    81.0
    84.3
    29
    30
     
    71.7
    77.2
    181
    134
    Age 60
    82.1
    85.0
    26
    30
     
    73.7
    78.6
    181
    122
    Age 65
    83.3
    85.9
    23
    30
     
    76.1
    80.2
    179
    117
    Age 70
    84.8
    86.9
    17
    27
     
    78.9
    82.2
    173
    111
    Age 75
    86.6
    88.3
    14
    25
     
    82.0
    84.5
    163
    103
    Age 80
    88.7
    90.0
    16
    22
     
    85.5
    87.2
    137
    96
    Age 85
    91.2
    92.2
    21
    23
     
    89.2
    90.4
    114
    90
    Age 90
    94.3
    95.0
    29
    30
     
    93.2
    94.0
    105
    83
    Age 95
    98.1
    98.5
    32
    32
     
    97.5
    98.0
    97
    68
    Age 100
    102.3
    102.5
    50
    40
     
    101.9
    102.3
    92
    56
     
     
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Coronary Heart Disease
    77.97
    107
     
    79.23
    103
    2. Alzheimers/Dementia
    45.58
    2
     
    7.67
    31
    3. Lung Cancers
    35.04
    12
     
    15.66
    68
    4. Lung Disease
    29.68
    36
     
    27.00
    45
    5. Stroke
    25.94
    167
     
    106.68
    69
    6. Breast Cancer
    19.36
    58
     
    14.25
    106
    7. Prostate Cancer
    14.81
    99
     
    25.89
    36
    8. Diabetes Mellitus
    14.78
    122
     
    91.67
    8
    9. Hypertension
    14.64
    105
     
    44.83
    5
    10. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    12.95
    50
     
    7.58
    83
    11. Suicide
    12.38
    47
     
    3.00
    149
    12. Kidney Disease
    11.58
    106
     
    26.64
    11
    13. Influenza and Pneumonia
    10.59
    144
     
    59.33
    61
    14. Road Traffic Accidents
    9.99
    131
     
    24.64
    37
    15. Liver Disease
    8.70
    123
     
    11.27
    106
    16. Pancreas Cancer
    8.56
    22
     
    4.34
    67
    17. Endocrine Disorders
    8.28
    66
     
    25.32
    5
    18. Lymphomas
    7.92
    10
     
    4.00
    105
    19. Drug Use
    6.96
    3
     
    8.36
    2
    20. Inflammatory/Heart
    6.87
    90
     
    24.78
    5
    21. Falls
    6.27
    76
     
    1.44
    162
    22. Ovary Cancer
    6.01
    41
     
    3.59
    113
    23. Leukemia
    5.79
    13
     
    2.68
    123
    24. Violence
    5.56
    85
     
    28.97
    14
    25. Other Injuries
    5.54
    143
     
    29.66
    14
    26. Liver Cancer
    5.29
    89
     
    4.23
    113
    27. Parkinson's Disease
    4.51
    4
     
    2.26
    74
    28. Congenital Anomalies
    4.42
    140
     
    7.14
    111
    29. Poisonings
    4.06
    33
     
    2.32
    60
    30. Oesophagus Cancer
    3.64
    67
     
    8.67
    22
    31. Bladder Cancer
    3.55
    48
     
    1.70
    99
    32. Low Birth Weight
    3.54
    133
     
    11.39
    65
    33. Other Neoplasms
    3.39
    57
     
    2.35
    104
    34. Cervical Cancer
    3.21
    131
     
    14.92
    49
    35. Skin Cancers
    3.21
    19
     
    2.04
    50
    36. Diarrhoeal diseases
    2.97
    98
     
    29.54
    46
    37. Alcohol
    2.91
    39
     
    2.33
    49
    38. Uterin Cancer
    2.90
    52
     
    1.80
    94
    39. Stomach Cancer
    2.81
    147
     
    3.61
    129
    40. Hepatitis C
    2.27
    2
     
    0.05
    139
    41. HIV/AIDS
    2.20
    107
     
    412.82
    4
    42. Oral Cancer
    2.18
    115
     
    2.90
    86
    43. Drownings
    1.34
    138
     
    4.00
    81
    44. Multiple Sclerosis
    0.94
    13
     
    0.15
    121
    45. Skin Disease
    0.88
    117
     
    4.28
    46
    46. Asthma
    0.88
    142
     
    10.71
    36
    47. Fires
    0.75
    133
     
    8.92
    37
    48. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    0.65
    152
     
    3.27
    96
    49. Anemia
    0.64
    94
     
    0.82
    78
    50. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    0.60
    161
     
    3.02
    78
     
     
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Deaths %   Deaths %
    1. Coronary Heart Disease
    393,698
    18.06
     
    29,351
    5.25
    2. Alzheimers/Dementia
    251,745
    11.55
     
    2,664
    0.48
    3. Lung Cancers
    171,504
    7.87
     
    6,078
    1.09
    4. Lung Disease
    154,436
    7.08
     
    9,812
    1.75
    5. Stroke
    133,578
    6.13
     
    39,499
    7.06
    6. Diabetes Mellitus
    71,483
    3.28
     
    34,899
    6.24
    7. Hypertension
    71,304
    3.27
     
    16,620
    2.97
    8. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    62,057
    2.85
     
    2,869
    0.51
    9. Kidney Disease
    59,186
    2.72
     
    10,446
    1.87
    10. Influenza and Pneumonia
    52,287
    2.40
     
    25,559
    4.57
    11. Breast Cancer
    47,955
    2.20
     
    3,293
    0.59
    12. Suicide
    43,361
    1.99
     
    1,398
    0.25
    13. Pancreas Cancer
    41,720
    1.91
     
    1,646
    0.29
    14. Lymphomas
    39,113
    1.79
     
    1,623
    0.29
    15. Endocrine Disorders
    37,611
    1.73
     
    10,358
    1.85
    16. Liver Disease
    35,404
    1.62
     
    4,629
    0.83
    17. Prostate Cancer
    33,902
    1.56
     
    3,303
    0.59
    18. Road Traffic Accidents
    33,838
    1.55
     
    11,890
    2.12
    19. Inflammatory/Heart
    32,372
    1.49
     
    9,576
    1.71
    20. Falls
    31,972
    1.47
     
    549
    0.10
    21. Leukemia
    27,701
    1.27
     
    1,103
    0.20
    22. Parkinson's Disease
    24,779
    1.14
     
    801
    0.14
    23. Liver Cancer
    24,028
    1.10
     
    1,662
    0.30
    24. Drug Use
    23,175
    1.06
     
    3,736
    0.67
    25. Other Injuries
    22,783
    1.05
     
    13,726
    2.45
    26. Bladder Cancer
    18,305
    0.84
     
    625
    0.11
    27. Oesophagus Cancer
    17,225
    0.79
     
    3,349
    0.60
    28. Violence
    17,005
    0.78
     
    14,788
    2.64
    29. Other Neoplasms
    16,911
    0.78
     
    953
    0.17
    30. Ovary Cancer
    15,437
    0.71
     
    828
    0.15
    31. Skin Cancers
    15,094
    0.69
     
    791
    0.14
    32. Diarrhoeal diseases
    14,905
    0.68
     
    12,925
    2.31
    33. Poisonings
    13,542
    0.62
     
    1,329
    0.24
    34. Stomach Cancer
    13,303
    0.61
     
    1,392
    0.25
    35. Congenital Anomalies
    11,807
    0.54
     
    3,955
    0.71
    36. Alcohol
    10,895
    0.50
     
    991
    0.18
    37. Oral Cancer
    10,027
    0.46
     
    1,173
    0.21
    38. Hepatitis C
    8,868
    0.41
     
    22
    0.00
    39. Low Birth Weight
    8,250
    0.38
     
    7,039
    1.26
    40. HIV/AIDS
    7,926
    0.36
     
    202,143
    36.13
    41. Uterin Cancer
    7,771
    0.36
     
    408
    0.07
    42. Cervical Cancer
    7,120
    0.33
     
    3,478
    0.62
    43. Skin Disease
    4,277
    0.20
     
    1,603
    0.29
    44. Drownings
    4,216
    0.19
     
    2,016
    0.36
    45. Multiple Sclerosis
    4,111
    0.19
     
    63
    0.01
    46. Asthma
    3,447
    0.16
     
    4,062
    0.73
    47. Anemia
    3,375
    0.15
     
    342
    0.06
    48. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    3,236
    0.15
     
    1,311
    0.23
    49. Malnutrition
    2,976
    0.14
     
    764
    0.14
    50. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    2,911
    0.13
     
    1,139
    0.20
     
     
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Lung Cancers
    35.04
    12
     
    15.66
    68
    2. Breast Cancer
    19.36
    58
     
    14.25
    106
    3. Prostate Cancer
    14.81
    99
     
    25.89
    36
    4. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    12.95
    50
     
    7.58
    83
    5. Pancreas Cancer
    8.56
    22
     
    4.34
    67
    6. Lymphomas
    7.92
    10
     
    4.00
    105
    7. Ovary Cancer
    6.01
    41
     
    3.59
    113
    8. Leukemia
    5.79
    13
     
    2.68
    123
    9. Liver Cancer
    5.29
    89
     
    4.23
    113
    10. Oesophagus Cancer
    3.64
    67
     
    8.67
    22
    11. Bladder Cancer
    3.55
    48
     
    1.70
    99
    12. Cervical Cancer
    3.21
    131
     
    14.92
    49
    13. Skin Cancers
    3.21
    19
     
    2.04
    50
    14. Uterin Cancer
    2.90
    52
     
    1.80
    94
    15. Stomach Cancer
    2.81
    147
     
    3.61
    129
    16. Oral Cancer
    2.18
    115
     
    2.90
    86
     
     
     
    Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
    World Rankings Calculations Are Age Adjusted Death Rates Per 100,000 Population.
    Data Source: Published By WHO 2014
    WHO Excludes Cause of Death Data For the following countries: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome, Seychelles, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.