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Leading Causes of Death in Males, 2014 (current listing)

Leading Causes of Death (LCOD) by Age Group, Black Males-United States, 2014*

Tap table below to expand ages 1-44

Ages 1-44 by Age Group
Rank Age 1-4 Age 5-9 Age 10-14 Age 15-19 Age 20-24 Age 25-34 Age 35-44
1 Unintentional injuries 30.7% Unintentional injuries 32.5% Unintentional injuries 29.9% Homicide 48.3% Homicide 47.5% Homicide 31.8% Heart disease 20.9%
2 Homicide 13.9% Cancer 11.8% Homicide 10.9% Unintentional injuries 24.4% Unintentional injuries 21.5% Unintentional injuries 22.3% Unintentional injuries 15.8%
3 Birth defects 10.1% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 8.9% Suicide 10.0% Suicide 7.1% Suicide 9.7% Heart disease 9.5% Homicide 12.8%
4 Cancer 4.8% Homicide 8.0% Cancer 9.7% Cancer 3.8% Heart disease 3.3% Suicide 7.2% Cancer 9.3%
5 Heart disease 4.5% Birth defects 6.7% Heart disease 6.3% Heart disease 3.5% Cancer 2.9% Cancer 3.9% HIV disease 4.5%
6 Influenza & pneumonia 3.3% Heart disease 4.5% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.6% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1.0% HIV disease 1.4% HIV  disease 3.8% Suicide 4.3%
7 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1.9% Influenza & pneumonia 2.5% Birth defects 5.1% Birth defects 0.9% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 0.9% Diabetes 2.0% Stroke 3.7%
8 Perinatal conditions 1.5% Septicemia 1.6% Begin neoplasms  1.2% Stroke 0.5% Anemias 0.9% Stroke 1.4% Diabetes 3.7%
9 Septicemia 1.2% Anemias 1.3% (tie rank 9) Septicemia 1.0% (tie rank 9) Influenza & pneumonia 0.5% (tie rank 9) Diabetes 0.8% Anemias 1.2% Kidney disease 1.8%
10 Benign neoplasms 1.0% Perinatal conditions 1.3% (tie rank 9) Anemias 1.0% (tie rank 9)
Diabetes 1.0% (tie rank 9)
Stroke 1.0% (tie rank 9)
Legal intervention 0.5% (tie rank 9) Birth defects 0.7% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1.1% Hypertension 1.6%

Tap table below to expand ages 45 and older

Ages 45+ by Age Group
Rank Age 45-54 Age 55-64 Age 65+ Age 65-74 Age 75-84 Age 85+ All Ages
1 Heart disease 26.7% Cancer 28.0% Heart disease 26.7% Cancer 30.4% Heart disease 26.8% Heart disease 27.8% Heart disease 24.1%
2 Cancer 19.2% Heart disease 26.4% Cancer 25.8% Heart disease 26.1% Cancer 25.4% Cancer 17.9% Cancer 22.2%
3 Unintentional injuries 9.6% Unintentional injuries 5.0% Stroke 6.0% Stroke 5.6% Stroke 6.4% Stroke 6.2% Unintentional injuries 6.1%
4 Diabetes 4.6% Stroke 4.9% Diabetes 4.5% Diabetes 4.9% Diabetes 4.6% Alzheimer’s disease 4.8% Stroke 4.9%
5 Stroke 4.4% Diabetes 4.6% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 4.4% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 4.4% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 4.5% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 4.3% Homicide 4.3%
6 HIV disease 4.0% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 2.7% Kidney disease 3.2% Kidney disease 3.0% Kidney disease 3.2% Kidney disease 3.5% Diabetes 4.1%
7 Homicide 3.3% Kidney disease 2.6% Alzheimer's disease 2.2% Unintentional injuries 2.3% Alzheimer's disease 2.6% Diabetes 3.4% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 3.2%
8 Chronic liver disease 2.4% Chronic liver disease 2.5% Septicemia 2.2% Septicemia 2.3% Septicemia 2.3% Influenza & pneumonia 2.9% Kidney disease 2.6%
9 Kidney disease 2.0% HIV disease 2.0% Influenza & pneumonia 2.1% Influenza & pneumonia 1.8% Influenza & pneumonia 2.1% Septicemia 2.2% Septicemia 1.9%
10 Septicemia 1.7% Septicemia 2.0% Unintentional injuries 2.0% Hypertension 1.6% Hypertension 1.8% Hypertension 2.1% Influenza & pneumonia 1.7%

*Percentages represent total deaths in the age group due to the cause indicated. Rankings are based on number of deaths. Numbers in parentheses indicate tied rankings. The white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander race groups include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Some terms have been shortened from those used in the National Vital Statistics Report. See the next page for a listing of the shortened terms in the table and their full unabridged equivalents used in the report. To learn more, visit Mortality Tables or Mortality Data (HHS, CDC, NCHS).

Short and Full Terms

Some terms in the leading causes of death tables have been shortened from those used in the National Vital Statistics Report. Below is a listing of the shortened terms used in the tables and their full, unabridged equivalents used in the report.
Short Terms Full Terms
Aortic aneurism Aortic aneurism and dissection
Appendix disease Diseases of appendix
Benign neoplasms In situ neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior
Birth defects Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
Bronchitis Acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis
Cancer Malignant neoplasms
C. difficile infection Entercolitis due to clostridium
Chronic liver disease Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
Chronic lower respiratory diseases Includes bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Diabetes Diabetes mellitus
Gallbladder disorders Cholethiasis and other disorders of gallbladder
Heart disease Diseases of the heart
HIV disease Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease
Homicide Assault (homicide)
Hypertension Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
Kidney disease Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis
Kidney infection Infections of kidney
Legal intervention* Physical or other force used by police or other law-enforcing agents, including military on duty, in the course of arresting or attempting to arrest lawbreakers, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and other legal action. Includes legal execution and excludes citizen arrest.
Pelvic Inflammatory diseases Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs
Perinatal conditions Certain conditions orginating in the perinatal period
Pneumonitis Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Pregnancy complications Pregnancy, childbirth and the peurperium
Stroke Cerebrovascular diseases
Suicide Intentional self-harm
Unintentional injuries Accidents (unintentional injuries)
*World Health Organization. International statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Geneva: World Health Organization, 1992. Available at http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/. Accessed April 15, 2010.
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