The most common causes of death in the United States



The table is derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Health, United States, 2002 With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans."

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Raw Numbers | Percentages

All Persons - 1980

All Persons - 2000

All causes

1,989,841

All causes

2,403,351

1

Diseases of heart

761,085

Diseases of heart

710,760

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

416,509

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

553,091

3

Cerebrovascular diseases

170,225

Cerebrovascular diseases

167,661

4

Unintentional injuries

105,718

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

122,009

5

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

56,050

Unintentional injuries

97,900

6

Pneumonia and influenza

54,619

Diabetes mellitus

69,301

7

Diabetes mellitus

34,851

Influenza and pneumonia

65,313

8

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

30,583

Alzheimer's disease

49,558

9

Atherosclerosis

29,449

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

37,251

10

Suicide

26,869

Septicemia

31,224



Male - 1980

Male - 2000

All causes

1,075,078

All causes

1,177,578

1

Diseases of heart

405,661

Diseases of heart

344,807

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

225,948

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

286,082

3

Unintentional injuries

74,180

Cerebrovascular diseases

64,769

4

Cerebrovascular diseases

69,973

Unintentional injuries

63,817

5

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

38,625

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

60,004

6

Pneumonia and influenza

27,574

Diabetes mellitus

31,602

7

Suicide

20,505

Influenza and pneumonia

28,658

8

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

19,768

Suicide

23,618

9

Homicide

18,779

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

17,811

10

Diabetes mellitus

14,325

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

17,214



Female - 1980

Female - 2000

All causes

914,763

All causes

1,225,773

1

Diseases of heart

355,424

Diseases of heart

365,953

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

190,561

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

267,009

3

Cerebrovascular diseases

100,252

Cerebrovascular diseases

102,892

4

Unintentional injuries

31,538

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

62,005

5

Pneumonia and influenza

27,045

Diabetes mellitus

37,699

6

Diabetes mellitus

20,526

Influenza and pneumonia

36,655

7

Atherosclerosis

17,848

Alzheimer's disease

35,120

8

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

17,425

Unintentional injuries

34,083

9

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

10,815

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

19,440

10

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

9,815

Septicemia

17,687



White - 1980

White - 2000

All causes

1,738,607

All causes

2,071,287

1

Diseases of heart

683,347

Diseases of heart

621,719

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

368,162

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

480,011

3

Cerebrovascular diseases

148,734

Cerebrovascular diseases

144,580

4

Unintentional injuries

90,122

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

112,840

5

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

52,375

Unintentional injuries

82,592

6

Pneumonia and influenza

48,369

Influenza and pneumonia

57,914

7

Diabetes mellitus

28,868

Diabetes mellitus

55,561

8

Atherosclerosis

27,069

Alzheimer's disease

46,460

9

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

25,240

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

29,598

10

Suicide

24,829

Suicide

26,475



Black - 1980

Black - 2000

All causes

233,135

All causes

285,826

1

Diseases of heart

72,956

Diseases of heart

77,523

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

45,037

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

61,945

3

Cerebrovascular diseases

20,135

Cerebrovascular diseases

19,221

4

Unintentional injuries

13,480

Unintentional injuries

12,277

5

Homicide

10,172

Diabetes mellitus

12,021

6

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

6,961

Homicide

7,867

7

Pneumonia and influenza

5,648

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease

7,848

8

Diabetes mellitus

5,544

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

7,607

9

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

4,790

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

6,911

10

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis

3,416

Influenza and pneumonia

5,990



American Indian or Alaska Native - 1980

American Indian or Alaska Native - 2000

All causes

6,923

All causes

11,363

1

Diseases of heart

1,494

Diseases of heart

2,417

2

Unintentional injuries

1,290

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

1,914

3

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

770

Unintentional injuries

1,353

4

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

410

Diabetes mellitus

616

5

Cerebrovascular diseases

322

Cerebrovascular diseases

572

6

Pneumonia and influenza

257

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

534

7

Homicide

217

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

429

8

Diabetes mellitus

210

Suicide

297

9

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

199

Influenza and pneumonia

289

10

Suicide

181

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

215



Asian or Pacific Islander - 1980

Asian or Pacific Islander - 2000

All causes

11,071

All causes

34,875

1

Diseases of heart

3,265

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

9,221

2

Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]

2,522

Diseases of heart

9,101

3

Cerebrovascular diseases

1,028

Cerebrovascular diseases

3,288

4

Unintentional injuries

810

Unintentional injuries

1,678

5

Pneumonia and influenza

342

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

1,133

6

Suicide

249

Influenza and pneumonia

1,120

7

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

246

Diabetes mellitus

1,103

8

Diabetes mellitus

227

Suicide

616

9

Homicide

211

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

527

10

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases

207

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

392



Hispanic - 2000

All causes

107,254

1

Diseases of heart

25,819

2

Malignant neoplasms

21,160

3

Unintentional injuries

8,830

4

Cerebrovascular diseases

6,187

5

Diabetes mellitus

5,328

6

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

3,187

7

Homicide

2,917

8

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

2,689

9

Influenza and pneumonia

2,625

10

Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period

2,145



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