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Leading Causes of Mortality Throughout the World, 2002

Causes Number
of deaths
Percentage
of deaths
Total deaths 57,027,000 100.0%
Communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies 18,416,000 32.3
Infectious and parasitic diseases 11,122,000 19.5
Tuberculosis 1,605,000 2.8
STDs excluding HIV 180,000 0.3
HIV/AIDS 2,821,000 4.9
Diarrheal diseases 1,767,000 3.1
Childhood diseases 1,360,000 2.4
Meningitis 173,000 0.3
Hepatitis B 103,000 0.2
Hepatitis C 53,000 0.1
Malaria 1,222,000 2.1
Tropical diseases 130,000 0.2
Respiratory infections 3,845,000 6.7
Lower respiratory infections 3,766,000 6.6
Upper respiratory infections 75,000 0.1
Maternal conditions 510,000 0.9
Perinatal conditions 2,464,000 4.3
Nutritional deficiencies 475,000 0.8
Protein-energy malnutrition 250,000 0.4
Iron-deficiency anemia 137,000 0.2
Noncommunicable conditions 33,424,000 58.6
Malignant neoplasms 7,106,000 12.5
Mouth and oropharynx cancers 317,000 0.6
Esophagus cancer 446,000 0.8
Stomach cancer 849,000 1.5
Colon/rectum cancer 620,000 1.1
Liver cancer 619,000 1.1
Pancreas cancer 229,000 0.4
Trachea/bronchus/lung cancers 1,239,000 2.2
Melanoma and other skin cancers 66,000 0.1
Breast cancer 477,000 0.8
Cervix uteri cancer 239,000 0.4
Corpus uteri cancer 71,000 0.1
Ovary cancer 134,000 0.2
Prostate cancer 268,000 0.5
Bladder cancer 178,000 0.3
Lymphomas, multiple myeloma 334,000 0.6%
Leukemia 264,000 0.5
Other neoplasms 148,000 0.3
Diabetes mellitus 987,000 1.7
Nutritional/endocrine disorders 243,000 0.4
Neuropsychiatric disorders 1,105,000 1.9
Epilepsy 125,000 0.2
Alcohol use disorders 86,000 0.2
Alzheimer's and other dementias 395,000 0.7
Parkinson disease 98,000 0.2
Drug use disorders 88,000 0.2
Cardiovascular diseases 16,655,000 29.2
Rheumatic heart disease 328,000 0.6
Hypertensive heart disease 907,000 1.6
Ischemic heart disease 7,168,000 12.6
Cerebrovascular disease 5,494,000 9.6
Inflammatory heart disease 402,000 0.7
Respiratory diseases 3,696,000 6.5
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2,746,000 4.8
Asthma 239,000 0.4
Digestive diseases 1,963,000 3.4
Peptic ulcer disease 265,000 0.5
Cirrhosis of the liver 783,000 1.4
Diseases of the genitourinary system 847,000 1.5
Nephritis/nephrosis 677,000 1.2
Benign prostatic hypertrophy 31,000 0.1
Skin diseases 69,000 0.1
Musculoskeletal diseases 106,000 0.2
Congenital abnormalities 493,000 0.9
Injuries 5,188,000 9.1
Unintentional 3,562,000 6.2
Road traffic accidents 1,192,000 2.1
Poisoning 355,000 0.6
Falls 393,000 0.7
Fires 311,000 0.5
Drowning 385,000 0.7
Other unintentional injuries 928,000 1.6
Intentional 1,626,000 2.9
Self-inflicted 877,000 1.5
Violence 559,000 1.0
War 178,000 0.3
Source: The World Health Organization (WHO).

See also Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tropical Diseases, Rare and Deadly Diseases, Food-Borne Diseases, Mosquito and Tick-Borne Diseases, Childhood Diseases.


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