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Compare South Africa and North Korea health profiles including life expectancy history, causes of death and population dynamics side by side. Health Data used is WHO, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
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    LIFE EXPECTANCY HISTORY
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   North Korea NORTH KOREA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      Male Female All M F All   Male Female All M F All
    1960
    47.4
    51.0
    49.2
    100
    96
    98
     
    53.8
    57.1
    55.4
    76
    77
    76
    1970
    50.4
    55.8
    53.0
    118
    101
    107
     
    59.5
    64.5
    62.0
    72
    70
    71
    1980
    53.9
    60.6
    57.2
    125
    112
    119
     
    64.6
    71.0
    67.8
    63
    63
    63
    1990
    57.9
    65.4
    61.6
    130
    118
    123
     
    66.5
    73.6
    69.9
    71
    62
    66
    2000
    54.6
    60.1
    57.3
    148
    140
    146
     
    61.1
    69.3
    65.4
    122
    115
    117
    2010
    55.5
    60.3
    58.0
    165
    154
    159
     
    65.4
    72.4
    69.0
    115
    110
    110
    2016
    60.2
    67.0
    63.6
    159
    144
    153
     
    68.2
    75.5
    71.9
    112
    100
    103
     
     
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   North Korea NORTH KOREA
          World Rank       World Rank
      Male Female M F   Male Female M F
    At Birth
    60.2
    67.0
    159
    144
     
    68.2
    75.5
    112
    100
    Age 5
    63.1
    69.7
    172
    151
     
    69.7
    76.8
    114
    100
    Age 10
    63.4
    69.9
    172
    153
     
    69.8
    77.0
    115
    100
    Age 15
    63.7
    70.2
    173
    153
     
    69.9
    77.1
    116
    99
    Age 20
    64.1
    70.5
    175
    155
     
    70.2
    77.3
    117
    99
    Age 25
    64.6
    71.0
    177
    155
     
    70.5
    77.6
    118
    99
    Age 30
    65.3
    71.8
    177
    154
     
    71.0
    77.9
    120
    99
    Age 35
    66.3
    72.8
    177
    153
     
    71.4
    78.2
    121
    95
    Age 40
    67.6
    74.1
    178
    146
     
    71.8
    78.5
    126
    95
    Age 45
    69.0
    75.3
    179
    141
     
    72.3
    78.9
    135
    97
    Age 50
    70.4
    76.4
    179
    133
     
    72.8
    79.3
    150
    98
    Age 55
    72.1
    77.5
    180
    131
     
    73.5
    79.7
    172
    99
    Age 60
    74.0
    78.8
    181
    123
     
    74.5
    80.5
    178
    100
    Age 65
    76.3
    80.4
    180
    117
     
    76.4
    81.7
    179
    97
    Age 70
    79.0
    82.3
    174
    105
     
    78.9
    83.1
    175
    96
    Age 75
    82.1
    84.6
    164
    103
     
    81.7
    84.7
    172
    100
    Age 80
    85.5
    87.2
    141
    100
     
    85.1
    87.0
    167
    107
    Age 85
    89.2
    90.4
    122
    93
     
    88.9
    90.0
    151
    107
     
     
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   North Korea NORTH KOREA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. HIV/AIDS
    273.12
    5
     
    0.17
    155
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    114.02
    95
     
    109.84
    103
    3. Stroke
    93.76
    78
     
    177.55
    4
    4. Influenza and Pneumonia
    86.33
    46
     
    22.68
    121
    5. Diabetes Mellitus
    86.02
    13
     
    8.13
    162
    6. Tuberculosis
    59.33
    24
     
    57.08
    28
    7. Lung Disease
    44.30
    16
     
    100.37
    3
    8. Prostate Cancer
    35.07
    21
     
    1.70
    179
    9. Hypertension
    30.73
    23
     
    20.26
    52
    10. Diarrhoeal diseases
    29.47
    47
     
    3.42
    93
    11. Violence
    25.69
    14
     
    4.28
    105
    12. Kidney Disease
    25.47
    38
     
    14.51
    91
    13. Road Traffic Accidents
    22.46
    68
     
    19.67
    82
    14. Cervical Cancer
    20.99
    32
     
    7.49
    98
    15. Lung Cancers
    20.75
    57
     
    48.65
    2
    16. Breast Cancer
    20.75
    51
     
    15.72
    104
    17. Inflammatory/Heart
    14.65
    12
     
    3.03
    155
    18. Asthma
    13.61
    38
     
    5.80
    81
    19. Alzheimers/Dementia
    13.28
    133
     
    15.86
    105
    20. Liver Disease
    12.56
    106
     
    17.00
    85
    21. Suicide
    12.13
    60
     
    14.92
    32
    22. Endocrine Disorders
    11.62
    36
     
    2.15
    159
    23. Oesophagus Cancer
    10.53
    15
     
    5.33
    37
    24. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    10.45
    72
     
    14.76
    38
    25. Epilepsy
    8.73
    6
     
    1.80
    88
    26. Low Birth Weight
    8.45
    82
     
    10.30
    70
    27. Lymphomas
    8.06
    15
     
    2.50
    151
    28. Congenital Anomalies
    7.65
    106
     
    7.75
    103
    29. Other Injuries
    6.58
    114
     
    5.57
    133
    30. Pancreas Cancer
    6.04
    51
     
    5.71
    59
    31. Ovary Cancer
    5.65
    48
     
    3.67
    118
    32. Liver Cancer
    5.60
    87
     
    18.14
    12
    33. Malnutrition
    5.38
    56
     
    1.01
    105
    34. Skin Disease
    5.13
    23
     
    0.63
    140
    35. Birth Trauma
    4.92
    79
     
    5.56
    76
    36. Fires
    4.91
    45
     
    1.37
    105
    37. Meningitis
    4.79
    49
     
    1.14
    94
    38. Stomach Cancer
    4.69
    113
     
    12.40
    31
    39. Skin Cancers
    4.48
    4
     
    0.77
    140
    40. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    4.24
    72
     
    4.52
    67
    41. Oral Cancer
    3.92
    69
     
    1.81
    135
    42. Leukemia
    3.76
    101
     
    3.28
    116
    43. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    3.70
    62
     
    8.26
    12
    44. Drownings
    3.49
    97
     
    5.49
    66
    45. Falls
    3.09
    137
     
    6.03
    79
    46. Other Neoplasms
    2.61
    95
     
    1.17
    154
    47. Maternal Conditions
    2.61
    70
     
    1.12
    93
    48. Uterin Cancer
    2.31
    82
     
    2.17
    86
    49. Bladder Cancer
    2.27
    77
     
    2.68
    67
    50. Parkinson's Disease
    1.72
    52
     
    0.54
    155
     
     
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
     
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   North Korea NORTH KOREA
      Deaths %   Deaths %
    1. HIV/AIDS
    138,157
    27.55
     
    47
    0.02
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    40,729
    8.12
     
    30,572
    13.98
    3. Influenza and Pneumonia
    35,331
    7.04
     
    5,736
    2.62
    4. Stroke
    32,958
    6.57
     
    49,241
    22.51
    5. Diabetes Mellitus
    31,831
    6.35
     
    2,237
    1.02
    6. Tuberculosis
    25,264
    5.04
     
    15,184
    6.94
    7. Lung Disease
    15,479
    3.09
     
    28,017
    12.81
    8. Violence
    14,288
    2.85
     
    1,110
    0.51
    9. Diarrhoeal diseases
    12,761
    2.54
     
    715
    0.33
    10. Road Traffic Accidents
    11,632
    2.32
     
    5,214
    2.38
    11. Hypertension
    10,994
    2.19
     
    5,653
    2.58
    12. Kidney Disease
    9,527
    1.90
     
    3,988
    1.82
    13. Lung Cancers
    7,881
    1.57
     
    13,520
    6.18
    14. Suicide
    5,854
    1.17
     
    3,981
    1.82
    15. Inflammatory/Heart
    5,755
    1.15
     
    789
    0.36
    16. Endocrine Disorders
    5,210
    1.04
     
    540
    0.25
    17. Asthma
    5,188
    1.03
     
    1,608
    0.74
    18. Low Birth Weight
    5,119
    1.02
     
    2,031
    0.93
    19. Liver Disease
    5,084
    1.01
     
    4,710
    2.15
    20. Cervical Cancer
    5,054
    1.01
     
    1,126
    0.51
    21. Breast Cancer
    4,936
    0.98
     
    2,451
    1.12
    22. Alzheimers/Dementia
    4,435
    0.88
     
    4,491
    2.05
    23. Congenital Anomalies
    4,379
    0.87
     
    1,596
    0.73
    24. Prostate Cancer
    4,151
    0.83
     
    165
    0.08
    25. Oesophagus Cancer
    3,992
    0.80
     
    1,495
    0.68
    26. Epilepsy
    3,982
    0.79
     
    447
    0.20
    27. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    3,930
    0.78
     
    4,123
    1.88
    28. Lymphomas
    3,508
    0.70
     
    687
    0.31
    29. Other Injuries
    3,235
    0.65
     
    1,438
    0.66
    30. Birth Trauma
    2,980
    0.59
     
    1,095
    0.50
    31. Malnutrition
    2,889
    0.58
     
    270
    0.12
    32. Meningitis
    2,309
    0.46
     
    266
    0.12
    33. Pancreas Cancer
    2,256
    0.45
     
    1,590
    0.73
    34. Fires
    2,256
    0.45
     
    356
    0.16
    35. Liver Cancer
    2,217
    0.44
     
    5,076
    2.32
    36. Skin Disease
    1,970
    0.39
     
    170
    0.08
    37. Stomach Cancer
    1,794
    0.36
     
    3,451
    1.58
    38. Drownings
    1,775
    0.35
     
    1,296
    0.59
    39. Skin Cancers
    1,659
    0.33
     
    215
    0.10
    40. Oral Cancer
    1,569
    0.31
     
    512
    0.23
    41. Leukemia
    1,555
    0.31
     
    867
    0.40
    42. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    1,544
    0.31
     
    1,250
    0.57
    43. Maternal Conditions
    1,483
    0.30
     
    292
    0.13
    44. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    1,438
    0.29
     
    2,275
    1.04
    45. Ovary Cancer
    1,332
    0.27
     
    581
    0.27
    46. Falls
    1,171
    0.23
     
    1,625
    0.74
    47. Other Neoplasms
    1,041
    0.21
     
    324
    0.15
    48. Syphilis
    952
    0.19
     
    131
    0.06
    49. Bladder Cancer
    825
    0.16
     
    749
    0.34
    50. Drug Use
    773
    0.15
     
    625
    0.29
     
     
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      South Africa SOUTH AFRICA   North Korea NORTH KOREA
      Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Prostate Cancer
    35.07
    21
     
    1.70
    179
    2. Cervical Cancer
    20.99
    32
     
    7.49
    98
    3. Lung Cancers
    20.75
    57
     
    48.65
    2
    4. Breast Cancer
    20.75
    51
     
    15.72
    104
    5. Oesophagus Cancer
    10.53
    15
     
    5.33
    37
    6. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    10.45
    72
     
    14.76
    38
    7. Lymphomas
    8.06
    15
     
    2.50
    151
    8. Pancreas Cancer
    6.04
    51
     
    5.71
    59
    9. Ovary Cancer
    5.65
    48
     
    3.67
    118
    10. Liver Cancer
    5.60
    87
     
    18.14
    12
    11. Stomach Cancer
    4.69
    113
     
    12.40
    31
    12. Skin Cancers
    4.48
    4
     
    0.77
    140
    13. Oral Cancer
    3.92
    69
     
    1.81
    135
    14. Leukemia
    3.76
    101
     
    3.28
    116
    15. Uterin Cancer
    2.31
    82
     
    2.17
    86
    16. Bladder Cancer
    2.27
    77
     
    2.68
    67
     
     
     
    Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
    Data Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
    Age Adjusted Death Rate Estimates: 2017
    Calculations Provided by World Life Expectancy
    Data Accuracy Not Guaranteed
    WHO Excludes Cause of Death Data For the following countries: Andorra, Cook Islands, Dominica, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts, San Marino, Tuvalu.