CANADA VS USA: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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UNITED STATES CANADA Deaths
Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease152,267137,876+ 14,391
Alzheimers/Dementia228,784223,536+ 5,248
Lung Disease319,821413,408+ 6,413
Lung Cancers417,618320,431- 2,813
Stroke514,392512,693+ 1,698
Influenza and Pneumonia68,77686,391+ 2,384
Diabetes Mellitus78,71876,834+ 1,884
Colon-Rectum Cancers86,59069,463- 2,873
Kidney Disease96,525153,770+ 2,755
Breast Cancer105,15895,785- 627
Liver Disease115,120163,288+ 1,832
Suicide125,015134,407+ 608
Pancreas Cancer134,424144,283+ 140
Endocrine Disorders144,367173,181+ 1,185
Hypertension154,299311,467+ 2,832
Lymphomas164,289114,822- 533
Road Traffic Accidents173,807252,100+ 1,707
Drug Use183,709301,525+ 2,184
Falls193,563105,125- 1,561
Prostate Cancer203,502124,524- 1,022
Inflammatory/Heart213,475321,455+ 2,021
Parkinson's Disease223,065202,428+ 637
Leukemia232,950182,948+ 3
Liver Cancer242,679212,403+ 277
Other Injuries252,194192,468- 274
Bladder Cancer261,973222,358- 385
Oesophagus Cancer271,877262,072- 195
Violence281,84737632+ 1,215
Other Neoplasms291,800291,535+ 265
Skin Cancers301,609281,606+ 2
Ovary Cancer311,603271,717- 114
Stomach Cancer321,421232,204- 783
Congenital Anomalies331,201341,102+ 99
Diarrhoeal diseases341,179242,160- 981
Oral Cancer351,147331,331- 184
Alcohol361,01736899+ 118
Uterin Cancer3786935981- 112
Cervical Cancer3881638570+ 246
Low Birth Weight3972940494+ 235
HIV/AIDS4072646323+ 403
Skin Disease4150341444+ 58
Multiple Sclerosis4248739533- 47
Asthma4344049259+ 181
Poisonings4442051207+ 213
Drownings4540248288+ 114
Malnutrition4638952205+ 184
Rheumatic Heart Disease4735542416- 61
Peptic Ulcer Disease4834043398- 58
Anemia4933545326+ 9
Fires5032050218+ 103
Rheumatoid Arthritis5127047288- 18
Epilepsy5224644329- 83
Birth Trauma5312253169- 47
Hepatitis B54835695- 12
Encephalitis55775866+ 11
Meningitis56705779- 9
Tuberculosis576354116- 53
Schizophrenia586255108- 45
Maternal Conditions59616027+ 33
Appendicitis60435946- 3
Upper Respiratory61186125- 7
Syphilis62166216- 0
Otitis Media635637- 2
Hepatitis C645644+ 1
War654860+ 4
Pertussis662653- 2
Chlamydia670670- 0
Dengue680770+ 0
Tetanus690660- 0
Iodine Deficiency700690+ 0
Leprosy710680- 0
Diphtheria720700+ 0
Malaria730720+ 0
Measles740710+ 0
Trypanosomiasis750730- 0
Chagas disease760740- 0
Schistosomiasis770750- 0
Leishmaniasis780760- 0
Ascariasis790780- 0
Trichuriasis800790- 0
Hookworm Disease810800- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820810- 0
Depression830820- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840830- 0
Osteoarthritis850840- 0
Oral conditions860850- 0
TOTAL DEATHS

Note: Population is Equalized to CANADA

United States

Canada

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