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

Leading Causes of Death (LCOD) by Age Group, American Indian/Alaska Native Females-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 38.7% Unintentional injuries 47.1% Suicide 33.3% Unintentional injuries 51.6% Unintentional injuries 52.7% Unintentional injuries 36.6% Unintentional injuries 23.2%
2 Birth defects 9.7% Birth defects 11.8% Unintentional injuries 25.0% Suicide 32.8% Suicide 13.4% Suicide 11.2% Chronic liver disease 17.5%
3 Septicemia 6.5% Cancer 5.9% (tie rank 3) Homicide 12.5% Heart disease 3.1% (tie rank 3) Homicide 5.4% Chronic liver disease 10.8% Cancer 9.8%
4 Heart disease 3.2% (tie rank 4) Diabetes 5.9% (tie rank 3) Cancer 8.3% (tie rank 4) Homicide 3.1% (tie rank 3) Birth defects 4.5% Homicide 5.4% Heart disease 8.8%
5 Influenza & pneumonia 3.2% (tie rank 4) Influenza & pneumonia 5.9% (tie rank 3) Influenza & pneumonia 8.3% (tie rank 4) Cancer 1.6% (tie rank 5) Pregnancy complications 3.6% Heart disease 5.1% Suicide 5.4%
6 Perinatal conditions 3.2% (tie rank 4) Homicide 5.9% (tie rank 3) Heart disease 4.2% Benign neoplasms 1.6% (tie rank 5) Cancer 2.7% Cancer 2.4% Diabetes 4.0%
7         Septicemia 1.8% (tie rank 7) Diabetes 2.0% Influenza & pneumonia 3.1%
8         Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1.8% (tie rank 7) Influenza & pneumonia 1.7% (tie rank 8) Septicemia 2.3%
9         Heart disease 0.9% (tie rank 9) Pregnancy complications 1.7% (tie rank 8) Homicide 1.9%
10         Pneumonitis 0.9% (tie rank 9)
Chronic liver disease 0.9% (tie rank 9)
Kidney disease 0.9% (tie rank 9)
Septicemia 1.4% (tie rank 10)
Stroke 1.4% (tie rank 10)
Pregnancy complications 1.2%

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 Cancer 18.9% Cancer 23.0% Heart disease 21.4% Cancer 26.3% Heart disease 20.4% Heart disease 24.5% Cancer 17.4%
2 Chronic liver disease 14.6% Heart disease 14.9% Cancer 18.7% Heart disease 19.7% Cancer 19.0% Cancer 10.4% Heart disease 16.8%
3 Unintentional injuries 11.7% Chronic liver disease 9.1% Chronic lower Respiratory diseases 6.9% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 7.9% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 7.2% Alzheimer’s disease 8.9% Unintentional injuries 8.1%
4 Heart disease 11.5% Diabetes 7.4% Stroke 5.7% Diabetes 7.2% Diabetes 5.9% Stroke 7.8% Chronic liver disease 5.7%
5 Diabetes 5.3% Unintentional injuries 6.0% Diabetes 5.7% Chronic liver disease 3.9% Stroke 5.7% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.4% Diabetes 5.4%
6 Stroke 3.2% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.4% Alzheimer’s disease 4.7% Stroke 3.8% Alzheimer’s disease 4.4% Diabetes 3.7% Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.2%
7 Influenza & pneumonia 2.6% (tie rank 7) Stroke 3.6% Influenza & pneumonia 2.9% Unintentional injuries 2.8% Kidney disease 3.0% Influenza & pneumonia 3.5% Stroke 4.3%
8 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 2.6% (tie rank 7) Kidney disease 2.6% Kidney disease 2.5% Kidney disease 2.5% Influenza & pneumonia 2.9% Hypertension 2.4% Alzheimer’s disease 2.7%
9 Septicemia 2.1% Septicemia 2.3% Unintentional injuries 2.5% Influenza & pneumonia 2.4% Unintentional injuries 2.5% Unintentional injuries 2.1% Influenza & pneumonia 2.7%
10 Kidney disease 1.6% Influenza & pneumonia 2.1% Septicemia 2.0% Septicemia 2.3% Septicemia 2.3% Kidney disease 2.0% Kidney disease 2.1%

*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.

definitions of short and full terms used in leading causes of death listings
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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