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What Kills Us

September 08, 1997

These are the leading causes of death and the estimated number of people who die from them. Death rates are from 1991, the most recent year for which figures are available. Population figures are current.

MALE:

BIRTH--12 months

Population: 1,853,070

Death Rate: 1,023.8

Leading causes:

1. Birth defectsand complications: 12,328

2. Accidents: 500

3. Heart problems: 445

4. Infections: 195

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1-4 years

Population: 7,900,000

Death Rate: 52

Leading causes:

1. Accidents: 1,588

2. Birth defects: 474

3. Cancer: 292

4. Homicide: 237

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5-14 years

Population: 19,854,000

Death rate: 28.7

Leading causes:

1. Accidents: 2,700

2. Cancer: 694

3. Homicide: 357

4. Pneumonia: 218

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15-24 years

Population: 18,782,000

Death rate: 149

Leading causes

1. Accidents: 11,643

2. Homicide: 6,986

3. Suicide: 4,112

4. Cancer: 1,089

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25-34 years

Population: 19,858,000

Death rate: 204

Leading causes

1. Accidents: 10,724

2. Infections: 7,983

3. Homicide: 5,739

4. Suicide: 4,965

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35-44 years

Population: 21,880,000

Death rate: 311.6

Leading causes

1. Infections: 13,150

2. Heart/stroke: 12,384

3. Accidents: 10,109

4. Cancer: 8,489

5. Suicide: 5,032

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45-54 years

Population: 16,426,000

Death rate: 603.2

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 33,944

2. Cancer: 26,124

3. Accidents: 6,802

4. Infections: 6,194

5. Liver disease: 4,157

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55-64 years

Population: 10,347,000

Death rate: 1,524.7 Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 62,224

2. Cancer: 54,410

3. Lung disease: 5,951

4. Accidents: 4,730

5. Liver disease: 4,305

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65-74 years

Population: 8,269,000

Death rate: 3,438.7

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 121,627

2. Cancer: 92,657

3. Lung disease: 16,738

4. Diabetes: 6,583

5. Pneumonia and influenza: 6,128

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75-84

Population: 4,618,000

Death rate: 7,689

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 166,306

2. Cancer: 87,688

3. Lung disease: 22,8695

4. Pneumonia and influenza: 14,968

5. Diabetes: 7,068

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85 AND OLDER

Population: 1,110,000

Death rate: 17,800

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 103,896

2. Cancer: 30,558

3. Pneumonia and influenza: 15,184

4. Lung disease: 9,222

5. Accidents: 3,885

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics; Bureau of the Census.

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FEMALE:

BIRTH--12 months

Population: 1,767,950

Death Rate: 804.4

Leading Causes

1. Birth defects and complications: 9,587

2. Accidents: 366

3. Heart problems: 350

4. Infections: 161

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1-4 years

Population: 7,537,000

Death Rate: 42.7

Leading Causes

1. Accidents: 1,116

2. Birth defects: 407

3. Cancer: 241

4. Homicide: 196

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5-14 years

Population: 18,911,000

Death rate: 18.3

Leading causes

1. Accidents: 1,266

2. Cancer: 492

3. Pneumonia: 208

4. Homicide: 189

*

15-24 years

Population: 17,742,000

Death rate: 50

Leading causes

1. Accidents: 3,725

2. Homicide: 1,224

3. Cancer: 727

4. Suicide: 674

*

25-34 years

Population: 19,846,000

Death rate: 74.2

Leading causes

1. Accidents: 2,958

2. Cancer: 2,501

3. Heart/stroke: 1,548

4. Homicide: 1,488

*

35-44 years

Population: 22,108,000

Death rate: 139

Leading causes

1. Cancer: 10,436

2. Heart/stroke: 5,107

3. Accidents: 3,073

4. Infections: 1,614

5. Suicide: 1,437

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45-54 years

Population: 17,140,000

Death rate: 338

Leading causes

1. Cancer: 25,933

2. Heart/stroke: 13,678

3. Accidents: 2,502

4. Diabetes: 1,783

5. Liver disease: 1,663

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55-64 years

Population: 11,372,000

Death rate: 872.8

Leading causes

1. Cancer: 43,104

2. Heart/stroke: 29,903

3. Lung disease: 4,855

4. Diabetes: 3,638

5. Accidents: 2,069

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65-74 years

Population:10,235,000

Death rate: 1,976.8

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 78,223

2. Cancer: 69,315

3. Lung disease: 12,333

4. Diabetes: 7,434

5. Pneumonia and influenza: 4,239

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75-84

Population: 7,064,000

Death rate: 4,801

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 170,598

2. Cancer: 72,012

3. Lung disease: 15,885

4. Pneumonia and influenza: 12,863

5. Diabetes: 9,580

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85 AND OLDER

Population: 2,748,000

Death rate: 14,066

Leading causes

1. Heart/stroke: 233,860

2. Cancer: 38,363

3. Pneumonia and influenza: 26,648

4. Lung disease: 8,212

5. Diabetes: 7,205

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics; Bureau of the Census.

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