Leading Causes of Death – Females – Non-Hispanic Black – United States, 2018

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Non-Hispanic Black1, Female, All ages2

Leading Causes of Death, United States, Non-Hispanic black Males, 2018, all ages
Rank Disease Percent
1) Heart Disease 23.0%
2) Cancer 21.2%
3) Stroke 6.5%
4) Diabetes 4.5%
5) Alzheimer Disease 3.9%
6) Unintentional Injuries 3.7%
7) Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 3.6%
8) Kidney Disease 3.0%
9) Septicemia 2.2%
10) Hypertension 2.0%

*Data available in Table 1 of the NCHS National Vital Statistics Report Volume 70, Number 4 May 17, 2021pdf icon

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. Figures for origin not stated are included in “all races and origins” but not distributed among race and Hispanic origin groups. For more information on race and Hispanic origin classification please see the Technical Notes section of “Deaths: Leading Causes for 2018pdf icon.

2 Figures include all ages, including age not stated.

Non-Hispanic Black1, Female, by Age Group

Leading Causes of Death, 2018, Non-Hispanic black, Male, by Age Group
Age Group3
Rank2 1-19 years 20-44 years 45-64 years 65-84 years 85+ years All ages
1) Unintentional Injuries
26.9%
Unintentional Injuries
20.1%
Cancer
29.2%
Cancer
25.0%
Heart Disease
27.3%
Heart Disease
23.0%
2) Homicide
15.1%
Cancer
16.3%
Heart Disease
21.9%
Heart Disease
23.9%
Cancer
10.5%
Cancer
21.2%
3) Cancer
8.3%
Heart Disease
15.4%
Unintentional Injuries
5.1%
Stroke
6.9%
Alzheimer Disease
9.9%
Stroke
6.5%
4) Birth Defects
6.7%
Homicide
8.3%
Diabetes
5.0%
Diabetes
5.3%
Stroke
8.9%
Diabetes
4.5%
5) Suicide
5.4%
Diabetes
4.4%
Stroke
4.8%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
4.3%
Diabetes
3.4%
Alzheimer’s Disease
3.9%
6) Heart Disease
4.3%
Pregnancy Complications
2.9%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
3.6%
Kidney Disease
3.7%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
3.1%
Unintentional Injuries
3.7%
7) Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
3.4%
Stroke
2.8%
Kidney Disease
2.7%
Alzheimer’s Disease
2.6%
Kidney Disease
2.9%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
3.6%
8) (tie rank)
Anemia and Diabetes
0.95%
HIV disease
2.5%
Septicemia
2.4%
Septicemia
2.4%
Hypertension
2.6%
Kidney Disease
3.0%
9) ————4 Kidney Disease
1.3%
Hypertension
1.2%
Hypertension
2.0%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.3%
Septicemia
2.2%
10) (tie rank)
Perinatal Conditions and Septicemia
0.74%
Septicemia
1.2%
Influenza & Pneumonia
1.1%
Influenza & Pneumonia
1.9%
Septicemia
1.8%
Hypertension
2.0%

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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