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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for the 10 Leading Causes of Death --- National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2006 and 2007

The figure shows age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death, based on data from the National Vital Statistics System for the United States during 2006 and 2007.

* Rate per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

Data for 2006 are final. Data for 2007 are preliminary. Rank based on 2007 preliminary data.

The 10 leading causes of death were the same in 2006 and 2007. The rankings also remained the same, with one exception. In 2007, Alzheimer's disease was the sixth leading cause of death, and diabetes the seventh; the ranks were reversed in 2006. Age-adjusted death rates for six of the 10 leading causes of death declined from 2006 to 2007 (from a decline of 1.8% for malignant neoplasms to a decline of 8.4% for influenza and pneumonia). Only the rate for chronic lower respiratory diseases increased (up by 1.7%). No changes were observed in the rates for Alzheimer's disease; nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis; and septicemia.

SOURCE: Xu JQ, Kochanek KD, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2007. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2009;58(01). Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2009. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_01.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death, based on data from the National Vital Statistics System for the United States during 2006 and 2007.

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Date last reviewed: 11/25/2009

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