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Leading Causes of Death Worldwide

The World Health Organization, a UN organization that tracks global health crises and medical advancements, occasionally publishes reports they've assembled from data worldwide. These are their leading causes of death worldwide, based on an analysis of global data. The data come from 2016, the last year for which they have comprehensive data. 

Rank

Cause of Death

Deaths in 2000

Deaths in 2016

1

Ischaemic heart diseases

6.0 million

7.4 million

2

Stroke

5.7 million

6.7 million

3

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

3.1 million

3.0 million

4

Lower respiratory infections

3.5 million

3.0 million

5

Dementias

1.2 million

2.9 million

6

Lung cancers

1.2 million

1.7 million

7

Diabetes mellitus

1.0 million

1.6 million

8

Road injury

1.0 million

1.4 million

9

Diarrhoeal diseases

2.2 million

1.4 million

10

Tuberculosis

1.3 million

1.3 million

Total Deaths

53 million

56.9 million

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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