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

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Non-Hispanic White1, Female, All ages2

Leading Causes of Death, United States, Non-Hispanic white Males, 2018, all ages
Rank Disease Percent
1) Heart Disease 21.9%
2) Cancer 20.2%
3) Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 6.9%
4) Alzheimer’s Disease 6.5%
5) Stroke 6.0%
6) Unintentional Injuries 4.3%
7)3 Influenza & Pneumonia 2.2%
8)3 Diabetes 2.2%
9) Kidney Disease 1.6%
10) Septicemia 1.4%

*Data available in Table 1 of the NCHS National Vital Statistics Report Volume 70, Number 4 May 17, 2021 pdf 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 2018”pdf icon.

2 Figures include all ages, including age not stated.

3The data presented are  percentages of deaths. Due to rounding, some percentages appear to be ties but are not.

Non-Hispanic White1, Female, by Age Group

Leading Causes of Death, 2018, Non-Hispanic white 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
48.1%
Unintentional Injuries
34.2%
Cancer
31.4%
Cancer
30.4%
Heart Disease
27.9%
Heart Disease
21.9%
2) Suicide
19.1%
Cancer
14.6%
Heart Disease
15.3%
Heart Disease
22.8%
Alzheimer’s Disease
10.7%
Cancer
20.2%
3) Cancer
14.9%
Suicide
9.3%
Unintentional Injuries
7.3%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
10.0%
Cancer
9.7%
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
6.9%
4) Homicide
9.8%
Heart Disease
8.2%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
6.3%
Stroke
6.4%
Stroke
7.9%
Alzheimer Disease
6.5%
5) Birth Defects
0.68%
Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis
3.3%
Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis
3.8%
Alzheimer Disease
5.7%
Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
5.2%
Stroke
6.0%
6) Heart Disease
0.40%
Homicide
2.3%
Stroke
3.1%
Unintentional Injuries
3.2%
Unintentional Injuries
2.8%
Unintentional Injuries
4.3%
7) Influenza & Pneumonia
0.019%
Diabetes
2.0%
Diabetes
3.1%
Diabetes
3.0%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.7%
Influenza & Pneumonia4
2.2%
8) Benign Neoplasms
0.012%
Stroke
1.5%
Suicide
2.5%
Influenza & Pneumonia
2.4%
Hypertension
1.7%
Diabetes4
2.2%
9) Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease
0.011%
Septicemia
1.0%
Septicemia4
1.7%
Kidney Disease
2.3%
Kidney Disease4
1.5%
Kidney Disease
1.6%
10) Stroke
0.010%
Influenza &  Pneumonia
0.92%
Influenza & Pneumonia4
1.7%
Parkinson’s Disease
1.3%
Diabetes4
1.5%
Septicemia
1.4%

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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