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10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S., 2011

The age-adjusted death rate declined for 5 of the 15 leading causes of death from 2010 to 2011. Deaths from diseases of the heart and cancer combined accounted for 47% of U.S. deaths in 2011.

Rank Causes of death All persons
All causes 2,512,873
1. Diseases of heart 596,339
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 575,313
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 143,382
4. Cerebrovascular diseases 128,931
5. Accidents/unintentional injuries 122,777
6. Alzheimer's disease 84,691
7. Diabetes mellitus 73,282
8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 45,731
9. Influenza and pneumonia 53,667
10. Suicide/intentional self-harm 38,285
Source: cdc.gov, National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011.

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