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Leading Causes of Death

Causes of Death in the United States (2005)

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Updated October 10, 2008

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

  1. Heart disease: 652,091
  2. Cancer: 559,312
  3. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
  6. Diabetes: 75,119
  7. Alzheimer's disease: 71,599
  8. Influenza/Pneumonia: 63,001
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 43,901
  10. Septicemia: 34,136

    Source: Center for Disease Control (CDC). Deaths: Final Data for 2005, Table C

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