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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 causes1,989,841 All causes2,403,351
1 Diseases of heart761,085 Diseases of heart710,760
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]416,509 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]553,091
3 Cerebrovascular diseases170,225 Cerebrovascular diseases167,661
4 Unintentional injuries105,718 Chronic lower respiratory diseases122,009
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases56,050 Unintentional injuries97,900
6 Pneumonia and influenza54,619 Diabetes mellitus69,301
7 Diabetes mellitus34,851 Influenza and pneumonia65,313
8 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis30,583 Alzheimer's disease49,558
9 Atherosclerosis29,449 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis37,251
10 Suicide26,869 Septicemia31,224

  Male - 1980 Male - 2000
  All causes1,075,078 All causes1,177,578
1 Diseases of heart405,661 Diseases of heart344,807
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]225,948 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]286,082
3 Unintentional injuries74,180 Cerebrovascular diseases64,769
4 Cerebrovascular diseases69,973 Unintentional injuries63,817
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases38,625 Chronic lower respiratory diseases60,004
6 Pneumonia and influenza27,574 Diabetes mellitus31,602
7 Suicide20,505 Influenza and pneumonia28,658
8 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis19,768 Suicide23,618
9 Homicide18,779 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis17,811
10 Diabetes mellitus14,325 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis17,214

  Female - 1980 Female - 2000
  All causes914,763 All causes1,225,773
1 Diseases of heart355,424 Diseases of heart365,953
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]190,561 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]267,009
3 Cerebrovascular diseases100,252 Cerebrovascular diseases102,892
4 Unintentional injuries31,538 Chronic lower respiratory diseases62,005
5 Pneumonia and influenza27,045 Diabetes mellitus37,699
6 Diabetes mellitus20,526 Influenza and pneumonia36,655
7 Atherosclerosis17,848 Alzheimer's disease35,120
8 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases17,425 Unintentional injuries34,083
9 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis10,815 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis19,440
10 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period9,815 Septicemia17,687

  White - 1980 White - 2000
  All causes1,738,607 All causes2,071,287
1 Diseases of heart683,347 Diseases of heart621,719
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]368,162 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]480,011
3 Cerebrovascular diseases148,734 Cerebrovascular diseases144,580
4 Unintentional injuries90,122 Chronic lower respiratory diseases112,840
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases52,375 Unintentional injuries82,592
6 Pneumonia and influenza48,369 Influenza and pneumonia57,914
7 Diabetes mellitus28,868 Diabetes mellitus55,561
8 Atherosclerosis27,069 Alzheimer's disease46,460
9 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis25,240 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis29,598
10 Suicide24,829 Suicide26,475

  Black - 1980 Black - 2000
  All causes233,135 All causes285,826
1 Diseases of heart72,956 Diseases of heart77,523
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]45,037 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]61,945
3 Cerebrovascular diseases20,135 Cerebrovascular diseases19,221
4 Unintentional injuries13,480 Unintentional injuries12,277
5 Homicide10,172 Diabetes mellitus12,021
6 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period6,961 Homicide7,867
7 Pneumonia and influenza5,648 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease7,848
8 Diabetes mellitus5,544 Chronic lower respiratory diseases7,607
9 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis4,790 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis6,911
10 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis3,416 Influenza and pneumonia5,990

  American Indian or Alaska Native - 1980 American Indian or Alaska Native - 2000
  All causes6,923 All causes11,363
1 Diseases of heart1,494 Diseases of heart2,417
2 Unintentional injuries1,290 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]1,914
3 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]770 Unintentional injuries1,353
4 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis410 Diabetes mellitus616
5 Cerebrovascular diseases322 Cerebrovascular diseases572
6 Pneumonia and influenza257 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis534
7 Homicide217 Chronic lower respiratory diseases429
8 Diabetes mellitus210 Suicide297
9 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period199 Influenza and pneumonia289
10 Suicide181 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis215

  Asian or Pacific Islander - 1980 Asian or Pacific Islander - 2000
  All causes11,071 All causes34,875
1 Diseases of heart3,265 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]9,221
2 Malignant neoplasms [Cancer of All Types]2,522 Diseases of heart9,101
3 Cerebrovascular diseases1,028 Cerebrovascular diseases3,288
4 Unintentional injuries810 Unintentional injuries1,678
5 Pneumonia and influenza342 Chronic lower respiratory diseases1,133
6 Suicide249 Influenza and pneumonia1,120
7 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period246 Diabetes mellitus1,103
8 Diabetes mellitus227 Suicide616
9 Homicide211 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis527
10 Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases207 Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period392

     Hispanic - 2000
     All causes107,254
1    Diseases of heart25,819
2    Malignant neoplasms21,160
3    Unintentional injuries8,830
4    Cerebrovascular diseases6,187
5    Diabetes mellitus5,328
6    Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis3,187
7    Homicide2,917
8    Chronic lower respiratory diseases2,689
9    Influenza and pneumonia2,625
10    Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period2,145

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