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What are Most leading causes of death in the United States? - Doctors Gang

What are Most leading causes of death in the US?

Top Leading Cause of Death in United States (US)

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Unintentional injuries
  4. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  5. Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases
  6. Alzheimer's disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Kidney disease
  10. Suicide

About seventy four percents (74%) of all deaths in the US occur as a result of Ten(10) major causes. Over the previous 5 years, the major/Leading causes of death in the United States have remained fairly consistent.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) there were 2,813,503 registered deaths in the US (United States) in 2017.

The age adjusted death rate which is responsible for the aging population in United States, is 731.9 deaths per 100,000(1 lakh) people in the United States. This is an raise of 0.4 percent over 2016’s death rate.

However, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention advise that using age-adjusted rates is not accurate for ranking the causes of death.


1.Cardiovascular disease or Heart disease


Percentage of total deaths of Heart disease: 23.5 percent

Heart disease is the major leading cause of death for both men and women in the world as well as United States. More than half of all people who die due to cardiovascular or heart disease are men. It occurs due lack of HDL cholesterol in male than female. 

heart disease in the US


Medical science use the term of heart disease to describe several conditions. Many of these conditions relate to the buildup of cholesterol plaque in the walls of the arteries and veins.

As the arterial plaque develops, the arteries narrow. This makes it difficult or unable for blood flow around the body and raise the risk of Ischemic Heart disease or stroke. IHD can also give rise to angina attack, arrythmias, and heart failure.

To decrease the risk of dying from cardiovascular or heart disease, a person can protect their heart health by taking a healthy diet and getting regular exercise 30min/day.

Being able to recognize the sign & symptoms of a heart disease (Myocardial Infraction, Angina,Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart failur, and Cardiac Arrhythmia etc) can also help people get prompt treatment & potentially save their lives

2. Cancer 

Cancer is second leading cause of death in United States (US).

Percentage deaths by Cancer in US: 21.3%

Cancer occurs when cells grow inappropriately,undeferentially, indirectionally, and do not die at the normal point in their life cycle. It happen abnormal mitotic cell Division. If a person’s body can not control the spread of these cells due to defect in cell Division and defective p53 gene, they can interfere with essential, life-sustaining systems and possibly lead to death.

Everyone has some degree of risk of cancer, but for most cancers, the risk will by increasing with age of person. Some people have a higher risk or lower risk of cancer due to differences in exposure to carcinogens(which substance cause of cancer), such as from exposure to chemical pollutants or smoking. Genetic factors also play a vital role in cancer’s development.

Race & sex also play a important role in people’s risk of developing cancer, depending on the type. The lung cancer causes more deaths in the US than any other cancer in both men and women in The US.

However, researchers are always taking advance steps to cancer treatment. Actually, the death rate from all cancers in the United States, has lowered by twenty six percent since 1991.

Estimated cancer causing deaths in 2019

The American Cancer Society(ACSl estimate how many people will die from cancer in 2019.

According to ACS, the Most leading causes of death from cancer for males will be:

  1. Lung cancer and bronchus cancer in male : 76650 deaths.
  2. Prostate cancer in male : 31620 deaths.
  3. Colorectal cancer in male: 27640 deaths.

Acording to ACS,The Most leading causes of death from cancer for females will be:

  1. Lung cancer and bronchus cancer in female : 66020 deaths
  2. Breast cancer in female : 41760 deaths.
  3. Colorectal cancer in female: 23380 deaths

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