The Leading Causes of Death

The Leading Causes of Death in the US

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282929.php

  1. Heart disease - 23.4%
  2. Cancer - 22.5%
  3. Chronic lower respiratory disease - 5.6%
  4. Accidents - 5.2%
  5. Stroke - 5.1%
  6. Alzheimer’s disease - 3.6%
  7. Diabetes - 2.9%
  8. Influenza and pneumonia - 2.1%
  9. Kidney disease - 1.8%
  10. Suicide - 1.6%

An Easy Way to Remember the Leading Causes of Death

2/3 of all deaths can be attributed to either cancer or the failure of five main body parts:

  1. Heart (heart disease)
  2. Brain (stroke and dementia)
  3. Lungs (lung disease)
  4. Pancreas (diabetes)
  5. Kidney (kidney disease)

Another 10% is lost to accidents, suicide and the flu.

Cancer Deaths by Bodily System

https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2017/cancer-facts-and-figures-2017.pdf

  • 27% result from respiratory system cancers
  • 26% result from digestive system cancers
  • 22% result from breast, genital and urinary cancers
  • 15% result from blood, skin and nervous system cancers
  • 10% result from all other cancers