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USA VS UNITED KINGDOM: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES Deaths
Cause Of Death Rnk Deaths Rnk Deaths Summary
Alzheimers & Dementia 1 415,843 2 259,480 + 156,363
Coronary Heart Disease 2 385,100 1 500,312 - 115,212
Stroke 3 194,901 5 147,277 + 47,623
Influenza and Pneumonia 4 189,078 8 66,211 + 122,867
Lung Disease 5 188,525 3 193,160 - 4,635
Lung Cancers 6 184,315 4 155,592 + 28,723
Colon-Rectum Cancers 7 94,798 9 63,042 + 31,756
Breast Cancer 8 66,938 11 49,396 + 17,542
Prostate Cancer 9 65,490 20 35,577 + 29,913
Lymphomas 10 47,369 16 40,446 + 6,923
Pancreas Cancer 11 45,308 15 44,670 + 638
Oesophagus Cancer 12 44,962 28 18,400 + 26,562
Liver Disease 13 38,905 10 49,789 - 10,884
Parkinson's Disease 14 36,652 22 30,608 + 6,044
Diabetes Mellitus 15 33,047 6 84,332 - 51,285
Falls 16 31,879 18 36,157 - 4,279
Bladder Cancer 17 30,995 27 19,541 + 11,454
Suicide 18 29,394 12 49,394 - 19,999
Leukemia 19 27,105 24 27,618 - 512
Stomach Cancer 20 26,364 32 13,637 + 12,727
Liver Cancer 21 26,074 23 27,895 - 1,822
Other Injuries 22 25,072 25 23,688 + 1,383
Kidney Disease 23 24,128 7 66,492 - 42,365
Ovary Cancer 24 20,870 30 14,883 + 5,986
Other Neoplasms 25 19,978 29 16,537 + 3,441
Hypertension 26 19,015 13 46,454 - 27,438
Skin Cancers 27 18,149 31 14,340 + 3,809
Inflammatory/Heart 28 15,909 21 32,518 - 16,609
Endocrine Disorders 29 15,820 14 45,398 - 29,577
Oral Cancer 30 15,623 34 12,119 + 3,504
Drug Use 31 12,349 19 35,986 - 23,637
Congenital Anomalies 32 11,659 33 12,901 - 1,241
Uterin Cancer 33 11,352 37 9,082 + 2,270
Peptic Ulcer Disease 34 10,731 48 3,326 + 7,404
Skin Disease 35 10,295 43 5,186 + 5,109
Road Traffic Accidents 36 9,102 17 38,203 - 29,102
Diarrhoeal diseases 37 8,604 36 9,809 - 1,205
Multiple Sclerosis 38 8,184 45 4,449 + 3,735
Asthma 39 7,445 46 4,225 + 3,219
Low Birth Weight 40 6,418 40 7,259 - 842
Cervical Cancer 41 6,174 38 8,569 - 2,395
Epilepsy 42 6,050 52 2,861 + 3,189
Alcohol 43 5,847 35 10,600 - 4,753
Rheumatoid Arthritis 44 4,880 53 2,304 + 2,575
Rheumatic Heart Disease 45 4,718 47 3,722 + 996
Violence 46 4,336 26 21,059 - 16,723
Encephalitis 47 4,280 39 7,523 - 3,243
Tuberculosis 48 1,837 60 577 + 1,260
Fires 49 1,597 49 3,155 - 1,557
Drownings 50 1,508 44 4,569 - 3,061
Anemia 51 1,226 50 2,975 - 1,749
Meningitis 52 1,223 56 672 + 551
Birth Trauma 53 1,062 54 1,286 - 224
HIV/AIDS 54 1,018 42 6,272 - 5,254
Osteoarthritis 55 902 62 549 + 353
Prostatic Hypertrophy 56 817 57 662 + 155
Poisonings 57 775 51 2,913 - 2,137
Appendicitis 58 541 63 425 + 115
Malnutrition 59 512 41 6,333 - 5,821
Schizophrenia 60 426 58 650 - 224
Maternal Conditions 61 367 59 595 - 229
Oral conditions 62 290 64 285 + 5
Hepatitis B 63 257 55 724 - 467
Upper Respiratory 64 194 65 175 + 19
Syphilis 65 87 66 70 + 17
Otitis Media 66 78 67 39 + 38
Chlamydia 67 46 68 21 + 25
Pertussis 68 35 69 14 + 21
War 69 15 61 567 - 552
Measles 70 3 80 0 + 3
Dengue 71 2 76 0 + 2
Tetanus 72 2 72 2 - 0
Chagas disease 73 2 70 6 - 4
Schistosomiasis 74 2 73 1 + 0
Leishmaniasis 75 2 77 0 + 2
Iodine Deficiency 76 1 71 2 - 2
Diphtheria 77 0 74 1 - 0
Ascariasis 78 0 82 0 + 0
Trichuriasis 79 0 84 0 - 0
Leprosy 80 0 83 0 - 0
Hookworm Disease 81 0 81 0 - 0
Malaria 82 0 75 1 - 1
Hepatitis C 83 0 79 0 - 0
Trypanosomiasis 84 0 78 0 - 0
Depression 85 0 85 0 - 0
Vitamin A Deficiency 86 0 86 0 - 0
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 2018