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USA VS JAPAN: TOP 10 CAUSES OF DEATH

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JAPAN UNITED STATES Deaths
Cause Of Death Rnk Deaths Rnk Deaths Summary
Coronary Heart Disease 1 394,366 1 500,312 - 105,946
Influenza and Pneumonia 2 364,922 8 66,211 + 298,711
Stroke 3 326,288 5 147,277 + 179,010
Lung Cancers 4 205,438 4 155,592 + 49,846
Lung Disease 5 165,978 3 193,160 - 27,182
Colon-Rectum Cancers 6 143,419 9 63,042 + 80,377
Stomach Cancer 7 138,974 32 13,637 + 125,337
Kidney Disease 8 91,799 7 66,492 + 25,307
Alzheimers & Dementia 9 88,828 2 259,480 - 170,652
Pancreas Cancer 10 87,876 15 44,670 + 43,206
Liver Cancer 11 82,407 23 27,895 + 54,512
Suicide 12 61,177 12 49,394 + 11,784
Lymphomas 13 46,123 16 40,446 + 5,677
Other Injuries 14 44,653 25 23,688 + 20,964
Liver Disease 15 44,535 10 49,789 - 5,254
Breast Cancer 16 37,790 11 49,396 - 11,606
Diabetes Mellitus 17 37,314 6 84,332 - 47,018
Prostate Cancer 18 33,828 20 35,577 - 1,749
Other Neoplasms 19 32,639 29 16,537 + 16,102
Oesophagus Cancer 20 32,532 28 18,400 + 14,132
Endocrine Disorders 21 27,002 14 45,398 - 18,396
Leukemia 22 23,778 24 27,618 - 3,839
Bladder Cancer 23 23,663 27 19,541 + 4,122
Parkinson's Disease 24 23,487 22 30,608 - 7,121
Oral Cancer 25 21,017 34 12,119 + 8,899
Inflammatory/Heart 26 20,417 21 32,518 - 12,101
Falls 27 20,350 18 36,157 - 15,808
Drownings 28 18,892 44 4,569 + 14,323
Ovary Cancer 29 12,954 30 14,883 - 1,929
Road Traffic Accidents 30 12,440 17 38,203 - 25,763
Hypertension 31 10,642 13 46,454 - 35,812
Cervical Cancer 32 10,073 38 8,569 + 1,504
Tuberculosis 33 8,725 60 577 + 8,147
Asthma 34 8,565 46 4,225 + 4,340
Peptic Ulcer Disease 35 8,037 48 3,326 + 4,711
Encephalitis 36 8,003 39 7,523 + 479
Uterin Cancer 37 7,822 37 9,082 - 1,261
Congenital Anomalies 38 7,258 33 12,901 - 5,643
Diarrhoeal diseases 39 7,233 36 9,809 - 2,576
Rheumatic Heart Disease 40 6,739 47 3,722 + 3,017
Skin Disease 41 4,837 43 5,186 - 348
Skin Cancers 42 4,713 31 14,340 - 9,627
Malnutrition 43 4,713 41 6,333 - 1,620
Rheumatoid Arthritis 44 4,542 53 2,304 + 2,238
Fires 45 2,795 49 3,155 - 360
Epilepsy 46 2,646 52 2,861 - 215
Anemia 47 2,257 50 2,975 - 718
Drug Use 48 1,925 19 35,986 - 34,061
Schizophrenia 49 1,880 58 650 + 1,230
Hepatitis B 50 1,784 55 724 + 1,060
Alcohol 51 1,374 35 10,600 - 9,226
Poisonings 52 1,363 51 2,913 - 1,549
Violence 53 872 26 21,059 - 20,187
Meningitis 54 799 56 672 + 127
Low Birth Weight 55 639 40 7,259 - 6,620
Upper Respiratory 56 455 65 175 + 280
Birth Trauma 57 348 54 1,286 - 938
Prostatic Hypertrophy 58 301 57 662 - 362
Appendicitis 59 294 63 425 - 132
Multiple Sclerosis 60 210 45 4,449 - 4,239
Oral conditions 61 202 64 285 - 83
Osteoarthritis 62 184 62 549 - 365
Maternal Conditions 63 126 59 595 - 469
HIV/AIDS 64 126 42 6,272 - 6,146
Syphilis 65 105 66 70 + 35
Chlamydia 66 64 68 21 + 42
Otitis Media 67 24 67 39 - 15
Tetanus 68 22 72 2 + 20
War 69 8 61 567 - 559
Iodine Deficiency 70 3 71 2 + 1
Measles 71 3 80 0 + 3
Pertussis 72 3 69 14 - 11
Diphtheria 73 0 74 1 - 1
Malaria 74 0 75 1 - 1
Hepatitis C 75 0 79 0 - 0
Trypanosomiasis 76 0 78 0 - 0
Schistosomiasis 77 0 73 1 - 1
Dengue 78 0 76 0 - 0
Leishmaniasis 79 0 77 0 - 0
Chagas disease 80 0 70 6 - 6
Trichuriasis 81 0 84 0 - 0
Ascariasis 82 0 82 0 - 0
Leprosy 83 0 83 0 - 0
Hookworm Disease 84 0 81 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