Leading Causes of Death – Females – by Race and Hispanic origin – United States, 2018

By Race and Hispanic origin1, Female, All ages

Leading Causes of Death, 2017, Hispanic, Male, by Age Group
Race1 and Hispanic Origin3
Rank2 Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic Asian Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaskan Native Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Hispanic All Races and Origins
1) Heart Disease
21.9%
Heart Disease
23.0%
Cancer
25.4%
Cancer
17.9%
Cancer
25.5%
Cancer
22.0%
Heart Disease
21.8%
2) Cancer
20.2%
Cancer
21.2%
Heart Disease
19.5%
Heart Disease
17.1%
Heart Disease
20.5%
Heart Disease
19.3%
Cancer
20.5%
3) Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
6.9%
Stroke
6.5%
Stroke
8.5%
Unintentional Injuries
8.2%
Stroke
7.2%
Stroke
6.5%
Stroke
6.2%
4) Alzheimer’s Disease
6.5%
Diabetes
4.5%
Alzheimer’s Disease
5.6%
Chronic Liver Disease
& Cirrhosis
6.2%
Diabetes
6.8%
Alzheimer’s Disease
5.9%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease4
6.1%
5) Stroke
6.0%
Alzheimer’s Disease
3.9%
Diabetes
3.9%
Diabetes
5.6%
Unintentional Injuries
4.1%
Unintentional Injuries
4.9%
Alzheimer’s Disease4
6.1%
6) Unintentional Injuries
4.3%
Unintentional Injuries
3.7%
Influenza & Pneumonia4
3.3%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
5.0%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
3.3%
Diabetes
4.7%
Unintentional Injuries
4.3%
7) Influenza & Pneumonia4
2.2%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
3.6%
Unintentional Injuries4
3.3%
Stroke
4.5%
Alzheimer’s Disease
2.7%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
3.1%
Diabetes
2.7%
8) Diabetes4
2.2%
Kidney Disease
3.0%
Hypertension
2.5%
Alzheimer Disease
2.7%
Kidney Disease
2.6%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.3%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.2%
9) Kidney Disease
1.6%
Septicemia
2.2%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
2.4%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.4%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.5%
Kidney Disease4
2.2%
Kidney Disease
1.8%
10) Septicemia
1.4%
Hypertension
2.0%
Kidney Disease
2.1%
Kidney Disease
2.2%
Septicemia
1.8%
Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis4
2.2%
Septicemia
1.5%

1 Persons identified as White, Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian 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 2018pdf icon.

2 Based on number of deaths. Tie ranks are listed in order of ICD-10 code.

3 Figures for origin not stated are included in “all races and origins” but not distributed among race and Hispanic origin groups.

4 Data presented are percentages. Due to rounding, some percentages appear to be ties but are not.

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 and Full Terms – Leading Causes of Death 2018
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
Bronchitis Acute bronchitis and bronchiolitis
Cancer Malignant neoplasms
Diabetes Diabetes mellitus
Heart Disease Diseases of the 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
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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