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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for the Five Leading Causes of Death --- United States, 2001--2006

Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for the Five Leading Causes of Death 
United States, 20012006

* Per 100,000 standard population.

Preliminary 2006 data.

During 2001--2006, heart disease and cancer were the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for nearly half of all deaths each year. During this period, the age-adjusted death rate for heart disease declined 19.5%, from 247.8 per 100,000 standard population to 199.4, and the age-adjusted cancer death rate declined 7.8%, from 196.0 to 180.8. Changes in the other leading causes of death were less pronounced.

SOURCE: Heron M, Hoyert DL, Xu J, Scott C, Tejada B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2008;56(16). Available at

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Date last reviewed: 6/19/2008


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