Just Released: Reference Desk: Top 15 Causes of Death in the United States (2010)

Posted on January 11, 2012 by


For the first time in 45 years homicide is not on the the Top 15 list.

From the AP (1/11/2012):

The CDC’s latest annual report on deaths contained several nuggets of good news:

—The infant mortality rate dropped to an all-time low of 6.14 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010. It was 6.39 the year before.

—U.S. life expectancy for a child born in 2010 was about 78 years and 8 months, up about a little more than one month from life expectancy for 2009.

—Heart disease and cancer remain the top killers, accounting for nearly half the nation’s more than 2.4 million deaths in 2010. But the death rates from them continued to decline.

Deaths rates for five other leading causes of death also dropped in 2010, including stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, flu/pneumonia and blood infections.

Direct to Complete Report from the National Center for Health Statistics (69 pages; PDF)

Causes of death (Page 8 of PDF)

1  Diseases of heart

2  Malignant neoplasms

3  Chronic lower respiratory diseases

4  Cerebrovascular diseases

5  Accidents (unintentional injuries)

6  Alzheimer’s disease

7  Diabetes mellitus

8  Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis

9  Influenza and pneumonia

10  Intentional self-harm (suicide)

11  Septicemia

12  Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

13  Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease

14  Parkinson’s disease

15 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids

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