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|
|1.||Diseases of heart||596,339|
|2.||Malignant neoplasms (cancer)||575,313|
|3.||Chronic lower respiratory diseases||143,382|
|8.||Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis||45,731|
|9.||Influenza and pneumonia||53,667|
Source: cdc.gov, National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011.