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QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes,* by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015


The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2015, a total of 1,339,226 deaths among females and 1,373,404 deaths among males occurred. Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males; other leading causes varied in rank by sex. The 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.

* Causes of death are ranked according to number of deaths.

In 2015, a total of 1,339,226 deaths among females and 1,373,404 deaths among males occurred. Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males; other leading causes varied in rank by sex. The 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Underlying cause of death data, 2015. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.


Reported by: Jiaquan Xu, MD, jax4@cdc.gov, 301-458-4086.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes, by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:413. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6615a8.

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