List of causes of death by rate
The following is a list of the causes of human deaths worldwide for the year 2002, arranged by their associated mortality rates. There were 57,029,000 deaths tabulated for that year. Some causes listed include deaths also included in more specific subordinate causes (as indicated by the "Group" column), and some causes are omitted, so the percentages do not sum to 100. According to the World Health Organization, about 58 million people died in 2005, using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 52.77 million people died in 2010.
The causes listed are relatively immediate medical causes, but the ultimate cause of death might be described differently. For example, tobacco smoking can cause lung disease or cancer, and alcohol abuse can cause liver failure or a motor vehicle accident. For statistics on preventable ultimate causes see Preventable causes of death.
Note: Tinted backgrounds indicate items that also appear in the subsequent table. Percentage figures add to more than 100% because some deaths appear in both broadly-defined and narrowly defined categories; for example, Cardiovascular Deaths includes deaths from both Ischaemic Heart Disease and Stroke.
|Group||Cause||Percent of deaths||Deaths per 100,000|
|B||Infectious and parasitic diseases||23.04||211.3||221.7||200.4|
|A.1||Coronary artery disease||12.64||115.8||121.4||110.1|
|C||Malignant neoplasms (cancers)||12.49||114.4||126.9||101.7|
|A.2||Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)||9.66||88.5||85.4||95.6|
|B.1.1||Lower respiratory tract infections||6.81||62.4||62.2||62.6|
|D.1||Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||4.82||44.1||45.1||43.1|
|G||Intentional injuries (suicide, violence, war, etc.)||2.84||26.0||37.0||14.9|
|E.1||Road traffic accidents||2.09||19.1||40.8||10.4|
|A.3||Hypertensive heart disease||1.60||14.6||13.4||15.9|
|I||Diseases of the genitourinary system||1.49||13.6||14.1||13.1|
|F.1||Cirrhosis of the liver||1.38||12.6||16.1||9.1|
|A.4||Inflammatory heart disease||0.71||6.5||6.7||6.2|
|H.1||Alzheimer's disease and other dementias||0.70||6.4||4.7||8.1|
|C.7||Lymphomas, multiple myeloma||0.59||5.4||5.4||5.4|
|A.5||Rheumatic heart disease||0.57||5.3||4.4||6.1|
|C.8||Oral and oropharynx cancers||0.56||5.1||7.1||3.1|
|F.2||Peptic ulcer disease||0.46||4.2||5.0||3.5|
|B.7||Sexually transmitted diseases excluding HIV/AIDS||0.32||2.9||2.9||2.9|
|–||Neoplasms other than malignant||0.26||0.26||2.4||2.4||2.4|
|J.2||Iron deficiency anemia||0.24||2.2||1.5||2.9|
|B.9||Tropical diseases excluding malaria||0.23||2.1||2.5||1.6|
|H.4||Alcohol use disorders||0.16||1.5||2.5||0.4|
|H.5||Drug use disorders||0.15||1.4||2.2||0.5|
|B.1.2||Upper respiratory infections||0.13||1.2||1.2||1.2|
|C.16||Melanoma and other skin cancers||0.12||1.1||1.1||1.0|
|I.2||Benign prostatic hyperplasia||0.06||0.5||1.0||0.0|
Malnutrition can be identified as an underlying cause for shortened life. 70% of childhood deaths (age 0-4) are reportedly due to diarrheal illness, acute respiratory infection, malaria and immunizable disease. However 56% of these childhood deaths can be attributed to the effects of malnutrition as an underlying cause. The effects of malnutrition include increased susceptibility to infection, musculature wasting, skeletal deformities and neurologic development delays. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition is named as the biggest contributor to child mortality with 36 million deaths in 2005 related to malnutrition.
Developed vs. developing economies
Top causes of death, according to the World Health Organization report for the calendar year 2001:
|Causes of death in developing countries||Number of deaths||Causes of death in developed countries||Number of deaths|
|HIV-AIDS||2,678,000||Ischaemic heart disease||3,512,000|
|Lower respiratory infections||2,643,000||Cerebrovascular disease||3,346,000|
|Ischaemic heart disease||2,484,000||Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||1,829,000|
|Diarrhea||1,793,000||Lower respiratory infections||1,180,000|
|Cerebrovascular disease||1,381,000||Lung cancer||938,000|
|Childhood diseases||1,217,000||Car crash||669,000|
|Tuberculosis||1,021,000||Hypertensive heart disease||635,000|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||748,000||Tuberculosis||571,000|
By age group
With an average of 123.6 deaths per 100,000 from 2003 through 2010 the most dangerous occupation in the United States is the cell tower construction industry.
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