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Compare United States and South Africa 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
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      Male Female All M F All   Male Female All M F All
    1960
    66.6
    73.1
    69.8
    23
    15
    16
     
    47.4
    51.0
    49.2
    100
    96
    98
    1970
    67.1
    74.7
    70.8
    24
    12
    21
     
    50.4
    55.8
    53.0
    118
    101
    107
    1980
    70.0
    77.5
    73.7
    22
    11
    18
     
    53.9
    60.6
    57.2
    125
    112
    119
    1990
    71.8
    78.8
    75.2
    29
    17
    21
     
    57.9
    65.4
    61.6
    130
    118
    123
    2000
    74.0
    79.5
    76.8
    28
    29
    28
     
    54.6
    60.1
    57.3
    148
    140
    146
    2010
    76.2
    81.1
    78.7
    30
    30
    30
     
    55.5
    60.3
    58.0
    165
    154
    159
    2016
    76.0
    81.0
    78.5
    37
    37
    34
     
    60.2
    67.0
    63.6
    159
    144
    153
     
     
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
          World Rank       World Rank
      Male Female M F   Male Female M F
    At Birth
    76.0
    81.0
    37
    37
     
    60.2
    67.0
    159
    144
    Age 5
    76.6
    81.5
    38
    39
     
    63.1
    69.7
    172
    151
    Age 10
    76.6
    81.5
    38
    39
     
    63.4
    69.9
    172
    153
    Age 15
    76.7
    81.6
    38
    39
     
    63.7
    70.2
    173
    153
    Age 20
    76.9
    81.7
    39
    39
     
    64.1
    70.5
    175
    155
    Age 25
    77.3
    81.8
    39
    39
     
    64.6
    71.0
    177
    155
    Age 30
    77.7
    82.0
    38
    39
     
    65.3
    71.8
    177
    154
    Age 35
    78.2
    82.3
    37
    37
     
    66.3
    72.8
    177
    153
    Age 40
    78.7
    82.6
    35
    36
     
    67.6
    74.1
    178
    146
    Age 45
    79.2
    82.9
    35
    36
     
    69.0
    75.3
    179
    141
    Age 50
    79.8
    83.3
    34
    35
     
    70.4
    76.4
    179
    133
    Age 55
    80.6
    84.0
    30
    35
     
    72.1
    77.5
    180
    131
    Age 60
    81.8
    84.7
    29
    34
     
    74.0
    78.8
    181
    123
    Age 65
    83.1
    85.7
    28
    33
     
    76.3
    80.4
    180
    117
    Age 70
    84.7
    86.8
    23
    30
     
    79.0
    82.3
    174
    105
    Age 75
    86.6
    88.3
    18
    25
     
    82.1
    84.6
    164
    103
    Age 80
    88.7
    90.1
    14
    20
     
    85.5
    87.2
    141
    100
    Age 85
    91.4
    92.3
    16
    23
     
    89.2
    90.4
    122
    93
     
     
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Coronary Heart Disease
    86.89
    130
     
    114.02
    95
    2. Alzheimers/Dementia
    44.41
    8
     
    13.28
    133
    3. Lung Disease
    32.01
    43
     
    44.30
    16
    4. Lung Cancers
    29.82
    18
     
    20.75
    57
    5. Stroke
    23.69
    178
     
    93.76
    78
    6. Breast Cancer
    17.56
    83
     
    20.75
    51
    7. Diabetes Mellitus
    15.21
    138
     
    86.02
    13
    8. Influenza and Pneumonia
    14.91
    147
     
    86.33
    46
    9. Suicide
    12.70
    47
     
    12.13
    60
    10. Prostate Cancer
    12.69
    117
     
    35.07
    21
    11. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    11.50
    62
     
    10.45
    72
    12. Kidney Disease
    10.90
    117
     
    25.47
    38
    13. Liver Disease
    10.21
    127
     
    12.56
    106
    14. Drug Use
    10.21
    5
     
    1.61
    68
    15. Road Traffic Accidents
    10.04
    127
     
    22.46
    68
    16. Endocrine Disorders
    8.11
    60
     
    11.62
    36
    17. Pancreas Cancer
    7.52
    33
     
    6.04
    51
    18. Hypertension
    7.42
    138
     
    30.73
    23
    19. Lymphomas
    7.27
    29
     
    8.06
    15
    20. Inflammatory/Heart
    6.40
    76
     
    14.65
    12
    21. Falls
    5.95
    81
     
    3.09
    137
    22. Violence
    5.53
    88
     
    25.69
    14
    23. Ovary Cancer
    5.25
    60
     
    5.65
    48
    24. Leukemia
    5.21
    23
     
    3.76
    101
    25. Parkinson's Disease
    4.76
    3
     
    1.72
    52
    26. Liver Cancer
    4.74
    107
     
    5.60
    87
    27. Other Injuries
    4.38
    158
     
    6.58
    114
    28. Congenital Anomalies
    4.08
    150
     
    7.65
    106
    29. Oesophagus Cancer
    3.27
    72
     
    10.53
    15
    30. Bladder Cancer
    3.21
    55
     
    2.27
    77
    31. Other Neoplasms
    3.06
    77
     
    2.61
    95
    32. Uterin Cancer
    3.03
    53
     
    2.31
    82
    33. Low Birth Weight
    3.01
    144
     
    8.45
    82
    34. Skin Cancers
    2.85
    31
     
    4.48
    4
    35. Cervical Cancer
    2.84
    142
     
    20.99
    32
    36. Stomach Cancer
    2.52
    163
     
    4.69
    113
    37. Alcohol
    2.26
    64
     
    1.39
    105
    38. Oral Cancer
    2.06
    128
     
    3.92
    69
    39. Diarrhoeal diseases
    2.01
    115
     
    29.47
    47
    40. HIV/AIDS
    1.72
    109
     
    273.12
    5
    41. Drownings
    1.13
    145
     
    3.49
    97
    42. Poisonings
    1.10
    76
     
    1.27
    70
    43. Asthma
    0.95
    148
     
    13.61
    38
    44. Multiple Sclerosis
    0.92
    8
     
    0.15
    84
    45. Skin Disease
    0.87
    128
     
    5.13
    23
    46. Fires
    0.73
    136
     
    4.91
    45
    47. Malnutrition
    0.64
    120
     
    5.38
    56
    48. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    0.60
    162
     
    3.70
    62
    49. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    0.59
    173
     
    4.24
    72
    50. Epilepsy
    0.58
    177
     
    8.73
    6
     
     
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Deaths %   Deaths %
    1. Coronary Heart Disease
    479,223
    20.90
     
    40,729
    8.12
    2. Alzheimers/Dementia
    263,916
    11.51
     
    4,435
    0.88
    3. Lung Disease
    181,735
    7.93
     
    15,479
    3.09
    4. Lung Cancers
    161,533
    7.05
     
    7,881
    1.57
    5. Stroke
    131,954
    5.76
     
    32,958
    6.57
    6. Influenza and Pneumonia
    80,463
    3.51
     
    35,331
    7.04
    7. Diabetes Mellitus
    79,936
    3.49
     
    31,831
    6.35
    8. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    60,418
    2.64
     
    3,930
    0.78
    9. Kidney Disease
    59,823
    2.61
     
    9,527
    1.90
    10. Breast Cancer
    47,291
    2.06
     
    4,936
    0.98
    11. Liver Disease
    46,942
    2.05
     
    5,084
    1.01
    12. Suicide
    45,986
    2.01
     
    5,854
    1.17
    13. Pancreas Cancer
    40,559
    1.77
     
    2,256
    0.45
    14. Endocrine Disorders
    40,035
    1.75
     
    5,210
    1.04
    15. Hypertension
    39,414
    1.72
     
    10,994
    2.19
    16. Lymphomas
    39,322
    1.72
     
    3,508
    0.70
    17. Road Traffic Accidents
    34,908
    1.52
     
    11,632
    2.32
    18. Drug Use
    34,010
    1.48
     
    773
    0.15
    19. Falls
    32,672
    1.43
     
    1,171
    0.23
    20. Prostate Cancer
    32,107
    1.40
     
    4,151
    0.83
    21. Inflammatory/Heart
    31,866
    1.39
     
    5,755
    1.15
    22. Parkinson's Disease
    28,106
    1.23
     
    583
    0.12
    23. Leukemia
    27,048
    1.18
     
    1,555
    0.31
    24. Liver Cancer
    24,566
    1.07
     
    2,217
    0.44
    25. Other Injuries
    20,113
    0.88
     
    3,235
    0.65
    26. Bladder Cancer
    18,091
    0.79
     
    825
    0.16
    27. Oesophagus Cancer
    17,208
    0.75
     
    3,992
    0.80
    28. Violence
    16,936
    0.74
     
    14,288
    2.85
    29. Other Neoplasms
    16,503
    0.72
     
    1,041
    0.21
    30. Skin Cancers
    14,749
    0.64
     
    1,659
    0.33
    31. Ovary Cancer
    14,698
    0.64
     
    1,332
    0.27
    32. Stomach Cancer
    13,025
    0.57
     
    1,794
    0.36
    33. Congenital Anomalies
    11,008
    0.48
     
    4,379
    0.87
    34. Diarrhoeal diseases
    10,810
    0.47
     
    12,761
    2.54
    35. Oral Cancer
    10,515
    0.46
     
    1,569
    0.31
    36. Alcohol
    9,324
    0.41
     
    593
    0.12
    37. Uterin Cancer
    7,968
    0.35
     
    531
    0.11
    38. Cervical Cancer
    7,479
    0.33
     
    5,054
    1.01
    39. Low Birth Weight
    6,687
    0.29
     
    5,119
    1.02
    40. HIV/AIDS
    6,660
    0.29
     
    138,157
    27.55
    41. Skin Disease
    4,608
    0.20
     
    1,970
    0.39
    42. Multiple Sclerosis
    4,462
    0.19
     
    62
    0.01
    43. Asthma
    4,032
    0.18
     
    5,188
    1.03
    44. Poisonings
    3,852
    0.17
     
    656
    0.13
    45. Drownings
    3,685
    0.16
     
    1,775
    0.35
    46. Malnutrition
    3,564
    0.16
     
    2,889
    0.58
    47. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    3,259
    0.14
     
    1,438
    0.29
    48. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    3,118
    0.14
     
    1,544
    0.31
    49. Anemia
    3,071
    0.13
     
    246
    0.05
    50. Fires
    2,938
    0.13
     
    2,256
    0.45
     
     
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      United States UNITED STATES   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Lung Cancers
    29.82
    18
     
    20.75
    57
    2. Breast Cancer
    17.56
    83
     
    20.75
    51
    3. Prostate Cancer
    12.69
    117
     
    35.07
    21
    4. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    11.50
    62
     
    10.45
    72
    5. Pancreas Cancer
    7.52
    33
     
    6.04
    51
    6. Lymphomas
    7.27
    29
     
    8.06
    15
    7. Ovary Cancer
    5.25
    60
     
    5.65
    48
    8. Leukemia
    5.21
    23
     
    3.76
    101
    9. Liver Cancer
    4.74
    107
     
    5.60
    87
    10. Oesophagus Cancer
    3.27
    72
     
    10.53
    15
    11. Bladder Cancer
    3.21
    55
     
    2.27
    77
    12. Uterin Cancer
    3.03
    53
     
    2.31
    82
    13. Skin Cancers
    2.85
    31
     
    4.48
    4
    14. Cervical Cancer
    2.84
    142
     
    20.99
    32
    15. Stomach Cancer
    2.52
    163
     
    4.69
    113
    16. Oral Cancer
    2.06
    128
     
    3.92
    69
     
     
     
    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.