Leading Causes of Deaths in the US
According to the CDC (2012), there are various causes of deaths in the US. However there are some main causes of deaths that have topped on the list of leading causes of deaths. These are as described below.
The top on the list are heart diseases which are responsible for about 599, 413 deaths in the US. These are closely followed by cancer which accounts for 567,628 deaths. The CDC (2012) indicates that the third factors are the chronic lower respiratory diseases which account for about 137,353 deaths. This ends the list of the three most lethal diseases in the US. It is, therefore, important that people are more cautious about the conditions and the risks they pose to the individuals.
Stroke, which is characterized by the cerebral-vascular disease, comes in the third position as a leading cause of the deaths. This accounts for about 128,842 deaths. The fourth cause, which ends the list of diseases that have individually accounted for over 100,000 deaths are the accidents. These lead to unintentional injuries which, on the overall, account for 118,021 deaths (CDC, 2012).
The above are the leading causes of deaths in the country. However, there are other factors that also feature as causes of deaths in the US. These include Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, nephritis and intentional self harm or what is also known as suicide. The CDC observes that these are the leading causes of deaths and the people need to be more cautious and careful when dealing with these conditions. Understanding the predisposing factors and methods of prevention could be a good start.
CDC. (2012). Leading Causes of Death. Retrieved on 15th Nov. 2012 from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm