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Research, Recommendations and Guidelines

2014

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010
In 2010, the 10 leading causes of death accounted for 75% of all deaths occurring in the United States.

Leading Causes of Death, Females, 2010 Tables
Tables with leading causes of death for females, by race, and age groupings.

2013

How Did Cause of Death Contribute to Racial Differences in Life Expectancy in the United States in 2010?
Life expectancy for black females was 3.3 years lower than that of white females. This difference was due to higher death rates for black females for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, perinatal conditions, and stroke. Lower death rates for black females due to chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, suicide, Alzheimer's disease, and chronic liver disease accounted for 93% of the black female advantage.

2012

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2009 (10/30/2012)
This report presents final 2009 data on the 10 leading causes of death in the United States by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. Heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death, accounted for 46.2% of all deaths among women in 2009.

Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011 (10/30/2012)
The age-adjusted death rate decreased from 2010 to 2011 by 1.4 percent for males and 0.5 percent for females. The gap between male and female life expectancy was 4.8 years in 2011, unchanged from the difference between the sexes in 2010.

Fetal and Perinatal Mortality, United States, 2006 (8/30/2012)
There were 25,972 reported fetal deaths at 20 weeks of gestation or more in the United States in 2006. The U.S. fetal mortality rate was 6.05 fetal deaths at 20 weeks of gestation or more per 1,000 live births, 3% lower than in 2005 (6.22).

Death in the United States, 2010 (8/30/2012)
Hispanic females have the longest life expectancy (83.8 years), followed by non-Hispanic white females (81.1 years), Hispanic males (78.8 years), non-Hispanic black females (77.7 years), non-Hispanic white males (76.4 years), and non-Hispanic black males (71.4 years).

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2008 (6/30/2012)
In 2008, no changes occurred in the rank order of the 10 leading causes of death among women compared with 2007.

Deaths:  Final Data for 2009 (6/30/2012)
Death rates among females declined for the age groups less than 1 year, 55-64, 65-74, 75-84, and 85 years and over. For females, the death rate increased for ages 25-34 and 45-54 years.

2011

Deaths: Final Data for 2008 (12/29/2011)
For females, the death rate increased for age group 85 years and over. Death rates among females declined for the age groups less than 1 year, 5-14 and 15-24.

Deaths: Leading Causes for 2007 (9/16/2011)
This report presents final 2007 data on the 10 leading causes of death in the United States by age, race, sex, and Hispanic origin.

Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2008
This report presents preliminary mortality data for the United States based on vital records for a substantial proportion of deaths occurring in 2008. The observed age-adjusted death rate increase of less than half of one percent for females was not statistically significant.

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