USA VS UNITED KINGDOM: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES Deaths
Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1380,3671479,223- 98,856
Alzheimers/Dementia2364,9812263,916+ 101,064
Stroke3190,2365131,954+ 58,283
Lung Cancers4183,1614161,533+ 21,627
Lung Disease5162,8593181,735- 18,876
Influenza and Pneumonia6161,978680,463+ 81,515
Colon-Rectum Cancers794,811860,418+ 34,392
Breast Cancer866,8601047,291+ 19,569
Prostate Cancer963,4292032,107+ 31,322
Lymphomas1046,2461639,322+ 6,924
Pancreas Cancer1144,6731340,559+ 4,114
Oesophagus Cancer1244,4892717,208+ 27,281
Liver Disease1337,3011146,942- 9,641
Parkinson's Disease1433,3522228,106+ 5,246
Bladder Cancer1530,6892618,091+ 12,597
Diabetes Mellitus1630,444779,936- 49,492
Suicide1727,7351245,986- 18,251
Falls1827,5581932,672- 5,114
Leukemia1927,3362327,048+ 288
Stomach Cancer2026,9633213,025+ 13,939
Liver Cancer2124,8352424,566+ 270
Other Injuries2223,6942520,113+ 3,581
Kidney Disease2323,538959,823- 36,285
Ovary Cancer2421,0043114,698+ 6,306
Other Neoplasms2519,3592916,503+ 2,856
Skin Cancers2617,2533014,749+ 2,504
Hypertension2716,9391539,414- 22,476
Oral Cancer2814,8173510,515+ 4,302
Inflammatory/Heart2914,7122131,866- 17,154
Endocrine Disorders3014,5911440,035- 25,444
Drug Use3112,3021834,010- 21,708
Uterin Cancer3210,981377,968+ 3,013
Peptic Ulcer Disease3310,919483,118+ 7,801
Congenital Anomalies349,9933311,008- 1,015
Skin Disease359,652414,608+ 5,044
Road Traffic Accidents369,3071734,908- 25,600
Diarrhoeal diseases378,4923410,810- 2,318
Multiple Sclerosis387,796424,462+ 3,334
Epilepsy396,304522,259+ 4,046
Asthma406,293434,032+ 2,261
Cervical Cancer416,287387,479- 1,192
Alcohol425,883369,324- 3,442
Low Birth Weight435,847396,687- 840
Rheumatic Heart Disease445,028473,259+ 1,769
Rheumatoid Arthritis454,650512,473+ 2,177
Violence464,3482816,936- 12,587
Tuberculosis471,75657578+ 1,178
Fires481,483502,938- 1,454
Poisonings491,448443,852- 2,405
Drownings501,360453,685- 2,326
Meningitis511,06756645+ 422
HIV/AIDS521,062406,660- 5,599
Anemia531,054493,071- 2,018
Birth Trauma54966531,118- 153
Encephalitis5579555702+ 92
Appendicitis5658060399+ 182
Malnutrition57448463,564- 3,116
Schizophrenia5837758573- 196
Maternal Conditions5936859555- 188
Hepatitis B6023554760- 525
Syphilis6123462145+ 89
Upper Respiratory6217361164+ 9
Otitis Media63726345+ 27
Pertussis64336616+ 18
Hepatitis C65156444- 29
Chlamydia667673+ 4
Measles674740+ 3
Tetanus683693+ 1
Iodine Deficiency692702+ 0
Diphtheria700721- 0
Leprosy710711- 1
Malaria720730- 0
Trypanosomiasis730750- 0
Chagas disease740760- 0
Schistosomiasis750770- 0
Leishmaniasis760780- 0
Dengue770683- 3
Ascariasis780790- 0
Trichuriasis790800- 0
Hookworm Disease800810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency810820- 0
Depression820830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy830840- 0
Osteoarthritis840850- 0
Oral conditions850860- 0
War8606539- 39
TOTAL DEATHS

Note: Population is Equalized to USA

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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: https://www.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