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CHINA VS USA: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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UNITED STATES CHINA Deaths
Cause Of Death Rnk Deaths Rnk Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease 1 2,112,759 2 1,927,803 + 184,956
Alzheimers & Dementia 2 1,095,752 5 563,472 + 532,280
Lung Disease 3 815,691 3 895,355 - 79,664
Lung Cancers 4 657,047 4 637,736 + 19,310
Stroke 5 621,936 1 2,017,996 - 1,396,061
Diabetes Mellitus 6 356,124 13 167,267 + 188,857
Kidney Disease 7 280,789 11 196,377 + 84,413
Influenza and Pneumonia 8 279,603 12 177,268 + 102,336
Colon-Rectum Cancers 9 266,219 14 154,066 + 112,153
Liver Disease 10 210,252 15 152,047 + 58,205
Breast Cancer 11 208,592 23 50,229 + 158,363
Suicide 12 208,583 16 136,267 + 72,317
Hypertension 13 196,170 9 276,483 - 80,313
Endocrine Disorders 14 191,710 38 24,172 + 167,538
Pancreas Cancer 15 188,636 19 72,212 + 116,424
Lymphomas 16 170,799 29 39,909 + 130,890
Road Traffic Accidents 17 161,329 8 284,986 - 123,657
Falls 18 152,689 17 116,301 + 36,387
Drug Use 19 151,965 32 30,926 + 121,039
Prostate Cancer 20 150,239 36 26,135 + 124,104
Inflammatory/Heart 21 137,319 31 37,931 + 99,388
Parkinson's Disease 22 129,254 25 46,783 + 82,470
Liver Cancer 23 117,799 6 422,928 - 305,129
Leukemia 24 116,627 20 56,057 + 60,570
Other Injuries 25 100,033 24 48,320 + 51,713
Violence 26 88,929 46 13,100 + 75,829
Bladder Cancer 27 82,518 33 30,281 + 52,237
Oesophagus Cancer 28 77,702 10 204,627 - 126,924
Other Neoplasms 29 69,834 28 40,359 + 29,476
Ovary Cancer 30 62,851 43 16,287 + 46,564
Skin Cancers 31 60,557 40 19,513 + 41,044
Stomach Cancer 32 57,586 7 328,257 - 270,672
Congenital Anomalies 33 54,479 26 43,450 + 11,029
Oral Cancer 34 51,176 30 39,221 + 11,954
Alcohol 35 44,765 45 14,215 + 30,550
Diarrhoeal diseases 36 41,422 51 9,541 + 31,881
Uterin Cancer 37 38,353 44 15,498 + 22,855
Cervical Cancer 38 36,186 34 29,934 + 6,252
Encephalitis 39 31,771 56 3,213 + 28,558
Low Birth Weight 40 30,655 35 28,461 + 2,194
Malnutrition 41 26,743 47 12,409 + 14,334
HIV/AIDS 42 26,487 42 18,643 + 7,844
Skin Disease 43 21,899 53 7,365 + 14,534
Drownings 44 19,293 21 55,513 - 36,220
Multiple Sclerosis 45 18,788 59 1,248 + 17,540
Asthma 46 17,843 37 24,281 - 6,438
Rheumatic Heart Disease 47 15,716 18 85,049 - 69,333
Peptic Ulcer Disease 48 14,046 27 40,411 - 26,365
Fires 49 13,322 50 10,356 + 2,966
Anemia 50 12,565 64 252 + 12,313
Poisonings 51 12,300 41 19,141 - 6,841
Epilepsy 52 12,082 48 12,305 - 223
Rheumatoid Arthritis 53 9,731 49 11,200 - 1,469
Birth Trauma 54 5,431 39 24,007 - 18,577
Hepatitis B 55 3,056 52 8,307 - 5,251
Meningitis 56 2,838 54 6,571 - 3,733
Prostatic Hypertrophy 57 2,797 86 0 + 2,797
Schizophrenia 58 2,745 83 0 + 2,745
Maternal Conditions 59 2,514 55 4,355 - 1,841
Tuberculosis 60 2,438 22 50,409 - 47,971
War 61 2,395 57 2,505 - 110
Osteoarthritis 62 2,318 85 0 + 2,318
Appendicitis 63 1,796 58 2,089 - 292
Oral conditions 64 1,205 84 0 + 1,205
Upper Respiratory 65 740 65 214 + 525
Syphilis 66 294 63 289 + 6
Otitis Media 67 167 72 26 + 141
Chlamydia 68 90 70 67 + 23
Pertussis 69 60 73 15 + 45
Chagas disease 70 25 80 0 + 25
Iodine Deficiency 71 9 66 133 - 124
Tetanus 72 9 62 456 - 448
Schistosomiasis 73 6 68 115 - 109
Diphtheria 74 3 74 10 - 7
Malaria 75 2 76 3 - 1
Dengue 76 2 75 5 - 4
Leishmaniasis 77 0 69 82 - 82
Trypanosomiasis 78 0 77 0 - 0
Hepatitis C 79 0 67 128 - 128
Measles 80 0 61 778 - 778
Hookworm Disease 81 0 79 0 - 0
Ascariasis 82 0 71 35 - 35
Leprosy 83 0 60 1,109 - 1,109
Trichuriasis 84 0 78 0 - 0
Depression 85 0 82 0 - 0
Vitamin A Deficiency 86 0 81 0 - 0
TOTAL DEATHS

Note: Population is Equalized to CHINA

United States

China

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