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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for the 10 Leading Causes of Death† — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2008 and 2009

The figure above shows age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2008 and 2009, according to data from the National Vital Statistics System. The 10 leading causes of death in the United States were the same in 2008 and 2009. The rankings also remained the same. The preliminary age-adjusted death rate for the leading cause of death, diseases of heart, decreased by 3.6%. The age-adjusted death rate for malignant neoplasms decreased by 1.0%. Deaths from these two diseases combined accounted for 48% of deaths in the United States in 2009.

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

Data for 2008 are final. Data for 2009 are preliminary. Rank based on 2009 preliminary data.

The 10 leading causes of death in the United States were the same in 2008 and 2009. The rankings also remained the same. The preliminary age-adjusted death rate for the leading cause of death, diseases of heart, decreased by 3.6%. The age-adjusted death rate for malignant neoplasms decreased by 1.0%. Deaths from these two diseases combined accounted for 48% of deaths in the United States in 2009.

Source: Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: preliminary data for 2009. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2011;59(4). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr59/nvsr59_04.pdf.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2008 and 2009, according to data from the National Vital Statistics System. The 10 leading causes of death in the United States were the same in 2008 and 2009. The rankings also remained the same. The preliminary age-adjusted death rate for the leading cause of death, diseases of heart, decreased by 3.6%. The age-adjusted death rate for malignant neoplasms decreased by 1.0%. Deaths from these two diseases combined accounted for 48% of deaths in the United States in 2009.


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