USA VS JAPAN: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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JAPAN UNITED STATES Deaths
Cause Of Death Rank Deaths Rank Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease1402,3451479,223- 76,878
Influenza and Pneumonia2376,775680,463+ 296,312
Stroke3336,2025131,954+ 204,248
Lung Cancers4201,8664161,533+ 40,333
Stomach Cancer5140,7843213,025+ 127,759
Colon-Rectum Cancers6140,598860,418+ 80,179
Lung Disease7132,4173181,735- 49,319
Kidney Disease892,396959,823+ 32,573
Pancreas Cancer985,7651340,559+ 45,206
Liver Cancer1083,6622424,566+ 59,096
Alzheimers/Dementia1181,3572263,916- 182,559
Suicide1264,2431245,986+ 18,257
Other Injuries1348,8662520,113+ 28,753
Liver Disease1445,3601146,942- 1,581
Lymphomas1544,8881639,322+ 5,566
Diabetes Mellitus1638,573779,936- 41,363
Breast Cancer1736,6841047,291- 10,607
Prostate Cancer1833,2812032,107+ 1,174
Oesophagus Cancer1932,3572717,208+ 15,149
Other Neoplasms2032,3242916,503+ 15,821
Endocrine Disorders2127,1261440,035- 12,910
Leukemia2222,9992327,048- 4,050
Parkinson's Disease2322,6972228,106- 5,408
Bladder Cancer2422,6152618,091+ 4,524
Falls2521,7501932,672- 10,922
Drownings2621,304453,685+ 17,619
Oral Cancer2720,7193510,515+ 10,204
Inflammatory/Heart2820,4922131,866- 11,374
Road Traffic Accidents2915,5131734,908- 19,394
Ovary Cancer3013,0233114,698- 1,676
Hypertension3110,9351539,414- 28,479
Cervical Cancer329,946387,479+ 2,467
Tuberculosis339,24057578+ 8,662
Peptic Ulcer Disease348,486483,118+ 5,367
Uterin Cancer357,723377,968- 245
Diarrhoeal diseases367,6263410,810- 3,184
Rheumatic Heart Disease376,931473,259+ 3,672
Asthma386,422434,032+ 2,390
Congenital Anomalies396,2003311,008- 4,808
Malnutrition404,910463,564+ 1,346
Skin Cancers414,7343014,749- 10,015
Skin Disease424,714414,608+ 106
Rheumatoid Arthritis434,610512,473+ 2,137
Fires443,452502,938+ 515
Epilepsy452,587522,259+ 328
Anemia462,247493,071- 824
Hepatitis B471,90454760+ 1,144
Schizophrenia481,87258573+ 1,299
Drug Use491,5501834,010- 32,460
Poisonings501,534443,852- 2,319
Alcohol511,283369,324- 8,041
Encephalitis521,08755702+ 385
Violence531,0072816,936- 15,928
Meningitis5482956645+ 184
Low Birth Weight55615396,687- 6,073
Upper Respiratory5647461164+ 310
Syphilis5735362145+ 208
Birth Trauma58352531,118- 767
Appendicitis5927760399- 122
Multiple Sclerosis60224424,462- 4,238
Maternal Conditions6113559555- 420
HIV/AIDS6297406,660- 6,563
Hepatitis C63776444+ 32
Otitis Media64306345- 15
Tetanus6520693+ 18
Chlamydia6611673+ 8
War67106539- 29
Pertussis6836616- 13
Leprosy692711+ 1
Iodine Deficiency701702- 1
Measles711740+ 1
Diphtheria720721- 0
Malaria730730- 0
Trypanosomiasis740750- 0
Chagas disease750760- 0
Schistosomiasis760770- 0
Leishmaniasis770780- 0
Dengue780683- 3
Ascariasis790790- 0
Trichuriasis800800- 0
Hookworm Disease810810- 0
Vitamin A Deficiency820820- 0
Depression830830- 0
Prostatic Hypertrophy840840- 0
Osteoarthritis850850- 0
Oral conditions860860- 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 2017