Leading Causes of Death - Females - by Race and Hispanic origin - United States, 2016

By Race and Hispanic origin1, Female, All ages
Leading Causes of Death, 2016, by Race and Hispanic origin, Female, by Age Group
Race and Hispanic origin3
Rank2 Non-Hispanic white Non-Hispanic black Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native Non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander Hispanic All races and origins
1 Heart disease
22.1%
Heart disease
23.1%
Cancer
18.1%
Cancer
26.2%
Cancer
22.1%
Heart disease
22.0%
2 Cancer
20.8%
Cancer
21.8%
Heart disease
16.6%
Heart disease
20.0%
Heart disease
19.9%
Cancer
21.1%
3 Chronic lower respiratory diseases
6.8%
Stroke
6.4%
Unintentional injuries
8.4%
Stroke
8.8%
Stroke
6.5%
Stroke
6.2%
4 Alzheimer’s disease
6.4%
Diabetes
4.5%
Diabetes
6.1%
Alzheimer’s disease
5.0%
Alzheimer’s disease
5.5%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
6.1%
5 Stroke
6.0%
Alzheimer’s disease
3.9%
Chronic liver disease
5.5%
Diabetes
3.8%
Unintentional injuries
5.0%
Alzheimer’s disease
6.0%
6 Unintentional injuries
4.3%
Unintentional injuries
3.6%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
5.1%
Unintentional injuries
3.5%
Diabetes
4.7%
Unintentional injuries
4.3%
7 Diabetes
2.2%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
3.4%
Stroke
4.1%
Influenza and pneumonia
3.0%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
3.0%
Diabetes
2.7%
8 Influenza and pneumonia
2.0%
Kidney disease
3.1%
Alzheimer’s disease
3.1%
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
2.3%
Chronic liver disease
2.3%
Influenza and pneumonia
2.0%
9 Kidney disease
1.6%
Septicemia
2.3%
Influenza and pneumonia
2.2%
Hypertension
2.2%
Kidney disease
2.2%
Kidney disease
1.8%
10 Septicemia
1.5%
Hypertension
2.0%
Kidney disease
2.1%
Kidney disease
2.0%
Influenza and pneumonia
2.1%
Septicemia
1.6%

1Persons identified as white, black, American Indian or Alaska Native, or Asian or Pacific Islander were of non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. For more information on race and Hispanic origin classification please see the Technical Notes section of “Deaths: Leading Causes for 2016”.pdf icon
2Based on number of deaths. Tie ranks are listed in order of ICD-10 code.
3Figures for age not stated are included in “all ages” but not distributed among age groups.

Short and Full Terms – 2016

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 and Full Terms – Leading Causes of Death 2016
Short Term Full Term
Benign neoplasms In situ neoplasms, benign neoplasms and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior
Birth defects Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
Cancer Malignant neoplasms
Chronic liver disease Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
Diabetes Diabetes mellitus
Heart disease Diseases of heart
HIV disease Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease
Homicide Assault (homicide)
Hypertension Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
Kidney disease Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis
Medical complications Complications of medical and surgical care
Perinatal conditions Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period
Pregnancy complications Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium
Stroke Cerebrovascular diseases
Suicide Intentional self-harm (suicide)
Unintentional injuries Accidents (unintentional injuries)

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