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Table 11 Leading causes of death and YLL, both sexes, all races combined

From: The burden of disease and injury in the United States 1996

   Deaths %total
   2,314,689  
1 Ischaemic heart disease 536,314 23.2%
2 Lung trachea or bronchial cancer 168,206 7.3%
3 Cerebrovascular Disease 161,678 7.0%
4 COPD 99,982 4.3%
5 Lower respiratory infections 84,319 3.6%
6 Diabetes mellitus 62,452 2.7%
7 Cancer colon or rectum 61,189 2.6%
8 Breast cancer 46,649 2.0%
9 Motor vehicle accidents 43,735 1.9%
10 Dementia and other degenerative and hereditary CNS disorders 43,190 1.9%
11 Hypertension and hypertensive heart disease 39,589 1.7%
12 Prostate cancer 36,667 1.6%
13 Self-inflicted 31,725 1.4%
14 HIV 31,188 1.3%
15 Cancer pancreas 29,494 1.3%
16 Inflammatory Cardiac 29,066 1.3%
17 Lymphomas 26,443 1.1%
18 Cirrhosis of the liver 25,488 1.1%
19 Nephritis or nephrosis 24,569 1.1%
20 Homicide and Violence 22,351 1.0%
  Sub-total 1,604,297 69.3%
   YLL % total
  Total YLL 18,066,099  
1 Ischaemic heart disease 2,858,744 15.8%
2 Lung trachea or bronchial cancer 1,301,182 7.2%
3 Motor vehicle accidents 1,027,005 5.7%
4 Cerebrovascular Disease 784,443 4.3%
5 HIV 718,975 4.0%
6 Self-inflicted 660,917 3.7%
7 Homicide and Violence 615,332 3.4%
8 COPD 526,219 2.9%
9 Conditions arising during the perinatal period 464,131 2.6%
10 Diabetes mellitus 450,913 2.5%
11 Breast cancer 450,327 2.5%
12 Cancer colon or rectum 409,534 2.3%
13 Lower respiratory infections 388,441 2.2%
14 Cirrhosis of the liver 321,588 1.8%
15 Congenital Abnomalities 318,948 1.8%
16 Inflammatory Cardiac 258,328 1.4%
17 Hypertension and hypertensive heart disease 241,073 1.3%
18 Lymphomas 233,048 1.3%
19 Poisoning 221,906 1.2%
20 Cancer pancreas 205,972 1.1%
  Sub-total 12,457,024 69.0%