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QuickStats: Percentage of Deaths from Leading Causes Among Teens Aged 15--19 Years --- National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2005

In 2005, a total of 13,073 deaths occurred among teens aged 1519 years. The leading cause of death in this age group was unintentional injury, accounting for 48.3% of the deaths. Homicide accounted for 15.1% of the deaths and suicide for 11.8%, followed by cancer (5.3%), heart disease (2.8%), and congenital anomalies (1.8%).

In 2005, a total of 13,073 deaths occurred among teens aged 15--19 years. The leading cause of death in this age group was unintentional injury, accounting for 48.3% of the deaths. Homicide accounted for 15.1% of the deaths and suicide for 11.8%, followed by cancer (5.3%), heart disease (2.8%), and congenital anomalies (1.8%).

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System mortality data available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars. Additional information available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 11/13/2008

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