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What are the leading causes of death in the United States?

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Heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease collectively account for over 50 percent all deaths in the United States. Accidents are no. 4 and strokes are no. 5 of the top 10 causes of death. The remaining five include Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.

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What are the leading causes of death in the United States?
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The top 10 causes of death collectively account for 75 percent of all deaths in the United States. For example, of 2,596,993 average total deaths in a single year, heart disease claims 611,105, cancer claims 584,881 and chronic lower respiratory diseases claim 149,205 lives, as of 2016. Heart disease includes heart attacks and heart failure.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, followed by prostate cancer for men and breast cancer for women. Chronic lower respiratory diseases include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

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