Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Thought this was interesting:

Here's a snapshot of the 10 leading killers of American men in 2002:

Rank Cause % of male deaths
1 Heart disease 28.4
2 Cancer 24.1
3 Unintentional injuries 5.8
4 Stroke 5.2
5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 5.1
6 Diabetes 2.8
7 Influenza and pneumonia 2.4
8 Suicide 2.1
9 Kidney disease 1.6
10 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 1.5
Total 79

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004

Those of you with a cynical view of America will be glad to know that gunshot wounds are not one of the main constituents of 'Unintentional Injuries' (3rd).
Rather, traffic accidents, poisoning (!), falls and drowning were the four main unintentional injuries.

It would be interesting to compare with other countries. Anyone have that data to hand, just add it in.

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