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15 top killers of Americans
January 11th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

15 top killers of Americans

The leading killers of Americans continue to be non-infectious diseases like heart disease, strokes and lung diseases.

But one of the perpetual causes of death fell off the top 15 list this year: Homicides.

“Most of the changes were positive,” said Sherry Murphy, a statistician at the National Center of Health Statistics and one of the authors of the annual mortality report.  “Homicides fell from among the 15 leading causes for the first time since 1965.”


The rest of the common killers remained fairly consistent compared with 2009, according to the report released Wednesday. The death rate in the United States dropped slightly from 749.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2009 to 746.2 deaths per 100,000.

The life expectancy in the United States inched up a tiny bit from 78.6 years in 2009 to 78.7 years in 2010.

The leading causes of death in 2010 remained nearly the same as in 2009  - kidney diseases became the 8th leading cause of death –- it had been 9th in the previous year.  It swapped spots with flu and pneumonia.

The 15th leading killer is pneumonitis due to solids and liquids, an illness more likely to strike the elderly.  This is inflammation of the lungs due to inhaling substance inside the lung such as dust, mold or inhalants.

Here are the top 15 killers:

1. Diseases of heart
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma)
4. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
5. Accidents (any injuries that are unintentional)
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes mellitus
8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
9. Influenza and pneumonia
10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
11. Septicemia
12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
14. Parkinson’s disease
15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids


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  1. Aiquoy

    Where's Marijauna on that list? Oh wait, it's never caused a death...

    January 11, 2012 at 15:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brendan

      I like the way that people say marijuana is not addictive, yet bring it up out of the blue constantly. Makes you think...maybe you have a problem?

      January 11, 2012 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • woodofpine

      It's a subcategory of #10 that leads to a lot of #5. You'd have immediately recognized that absent cognitive impairment. 😉

      January 11, 2012 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      What an ass. Im pretty sure that that is categoriec under "accidents" because off all the retards who use it illegally...

      January 11, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • Herne

      Here! Here! Prohibition is the killer. education and regulation!

      They forgot to mention the F.D.A. and E.P.A as some of the top American killers.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
    • Tr1Xen

      I agree with you even though these other nitwits don't.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • Preston

      No where near the amount of prescription meds, at least.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • KenC

      I notice that "marijuana" is thrown in to almost EVERY article that CNN writes. I really do think that most pot smokers are lost causes!!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse |
    • Derp

      The list doesn't have heroin or cocaine on it but that doesn't make it invalid, either. Some matters are hard to apply an objective metric towards. Besides, this list is based on direct causes of *death* not matters contributing to death. Most drugs don't cause death unless it's an overdose. If you don't like US laws feel free to leave – I hear drugs are legal in other attractive nations like Afghanistan or Somalia.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
    • Seef

      Haha. Fantastic post. And Brendan, the reason it's brought up so much is because it IS a problem. It's a problem to regulate and an expensive problem to regulate. As to it being a problem for people, it simply isn't. It's much safer than alcohol which is legal. People bring it up because it should have been legalized decades ago.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:12 | Report abuse |
    • Mich

      Love the responses to your post. Look at #12. Hmmmm what would cause this? Drinking! Which would immediately correspond to #5! It also kills brain cells but by reading alot of these responses it is TOO LATE for many!!!!! They are beyond help!!!!!! LOL 😛

      January 11, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse |
    • Suad

      I smoke pot and make about 400k a year trading stocks !!!
      I'm a loser ?? I don't think so, it's all about moderation.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Ask all the folks who lost families to the cartels trying to fight over smuggling routes into the U.S. – 13K from this article alone (that we know about). http://us.cnn.com/2012/01/11/world/americas/mexico-death-toll/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

      January 11, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • JonnyLaw

      Jim, you are mentally disabled, so I find it funny that you call people who use marijuana "retards." You probably think Saddam Hussein was invovled in the 9/11 attacks too. Oh, wait, are you a 12 yeard old living in the backwoods, using your Pappy's computer ("the little magik box"?)? In that case, sorry. Go brush your teeth.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Pot is fine if used in moderation. People need to stop acting like every person who occasionally indulges is sitting around eating twinkies all day watching Cheech and Chong. Because its regulated, for kids in high school its harder to get alcohol than pot, which is ubiquitous. Legalize it, tax it, take the money off the streets, and put it towards something useful... like maybe getting America's educational system back on top.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      And when will they de-criminallize it? Ever? It is much less harmful that alcohol. People who get high don't start fights. They just want to munch, and maybe go to sleep.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      I have no idea why you would bring this up? Why not say you notice cocaine and heroin are not on this list either? Maybe because you don't understand that the article is talking about deseases that kill.....not causes of those things?

      And Brendan, your comment is so inane it is ridiculous. It makes no sense whatsoever. what does marijuana being addictive or NOT have to do with anything in this article, or anything even what Aiquoy said about it? at least Aiquoy has a clue....but the comment has nothing to do with the article.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
    • BULL

      What SUAD was really trying to say was he makes 400k SELLING drugs, and therefore has the money to buy his dope. The average pot head makes less than 30k a year, lives a a cozy trailer park and thinks Lindsey Lohan is still sexy. Drugs never hurt anyone? Ask that fry guy at Mcdonalds why he's still working there 20 yrs later..

      January 11, 2012 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      "Bull" wrote A BUNCH OF BULL:
      How would you know what the average pot smoker earns? (did a nationwide poll, did you?) where did you get a dumb statistic like that? I know many people who smoke pot who are in the upper brackets of income....business owners, executives, attorneys, even a couple of teachers I know. (I am sure you will jump all over that last one. LOL) and they certainly don't live in trailer parks. You would be VERY SURPRISED to learn that many of your friends smoke it...and keep it quiet.....and many smoke it whom you would NEVER SUSPECT. Many of them use it medicinally.....like for pain, insomnia, nausea, etc. etc. Where do you get this nonsense? Pot IS HARMLESS....except when you get the smoke in your lungs and it is NO WHERE NEAR THE DAMAGE THAT CIGARETTES CAUSE. In fact I have read articles on the benefits of pot on your brain....reduces inflammation, one of the leading indicators of Alzeimers. What antiquated ideas you have about this.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:40 | Report abuse |
  2. Zee

    The single most contributing factor to the top 4: CIGARETTES!

    January 11, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T-ro

      An i still smoke,, trying to quit,,must quit ,want to live,,ciggerrettes are so filthy & gross!!! yet i still smoke!!!

      January 11, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      E-cigarettes = best invention for quitting EVER!!!!!!!

      Every last person I know who has used this to quit has actually quit, myself included.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • JIm

      Wow really? Most people live on the coasts and account for the statistical majority of these numbers. Most cancers are caused by pollution, diet, weight, and lack of exercise, and smoking. Smoking gets the most press because it can be easily targeted and taxed but if is not the main driver. In fact air, water, food, and material byproduct pollution is the number one driver of cancer over the last 125 years and still is. Look up the cancer rates and the demographics and you will find more cancers in the industrial east, west, and center and those locations have the lowest adult smokers.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • JJC

      #1 killer – McDonalds and lack of exercise. I can't even walk through a wal-mart without seeing 10's of people cruising around on those wheelchairs for fatties. Thats where true freedom gets you. A bunch of fat people who feel that it is their right for us to accomidate their fatness and diseases brought on themselves. But they say they are not bothering others and it is their right to do this to themselves and us. Hypocrits. McDonalds causes this country more money than all other welfare combined.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      It's not the fast food that is the problem, but the people who eat it consistently who have no self-control or even basic understanding of their own health. If you only ate fast food every once and awhile it wouldn't contribute significantly to the state of your health, but eat it on a daily basis and it will. And if they exercised more then a lot of the ill effects of the bad food could be countered. Laziness, lack of self-control and lack of understanding are what kill these people. Sure McDonalds is like the loaded gun, but someone had to pull the trigger.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
    • VR13

      #1 factor is stress in an overworked society along with fast food. Cigarettes are not even coming close.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Zee, must disagree. Anyone who has died of cancer in my family lived past their 80th birthday. My friends 27 year old brother died of lung cancer and never smoked in his life. I could go on and on.

      January 12, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
  3. Poolboy

    I see a lot of hate towards one side or the other, your all blind. And when the demlicans and republocrats feed you to the fire you'll still point fingers in death that it was bush/cheney/obummers fault. You will have supported the genocide that was abortion until they decide your a non-person free to be disposed of and have your organs harvested. And if your outside the united states making snide comments, then your already feeding off your own death and are to self indulged to care.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • woodofpine

      Back to the pool!

      January 11, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Learn to English.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      When I'm on my death bed those thoughts, I can assure you, won't be on my mind!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:12 | Report abuse |
    • Ed, Spring TX

      I think you're off your meds.

      January 12, 2012 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
  4. JQPublic

    This report fails to mention any statistics for poisonings including prescription opioid deaths which were over 10,000 back in 2007.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgyuBWN9D4w&w=853&h=480]

    January 11, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • speedro

      I am guessing that is under #5 "Accidents". Pretty broad category, I would like to see that #5 broken down into the top ten.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
  5. Ariel

    Hmm... I'm curious as to why septicemia (blood poisoning) is that high on the list. I guess I'm wondering whether that happens because many Americans don't have health insurance or can't afford timely dental care and end up with raging infections that spread to the blood. Sad if that's the case. Paradoxically, perhaps some cases develop from picking up an infection in the hospital.

    Anyone know more about that?

    January 11, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • speedro

      I do not think there is a correlation to health insurance to be made there. It is likely that any of those cases are hospital infections related to surgeries. Also, you have to take into account that septicemia falls below even suicide, so I do not think that it is that common.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • Nora

      You can get septicemia from other diseases such as pneumonia.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
    • Marion

      Your are scaring me. I have a tooth infection that won't go away even after taking 3 rounds of antibiotics. Have appt with doctor tomorrow.....they may have to give me IV antibiotic different than what I am taking. Need a root canal but dentist won't do it until infection clears up. Dental insurance is an even bigger issue than health insurance.....I can't imagine how people can afford dental work as the insurances for this only pay up to $1500 per year. You can blow that on ONE TOOTH.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Septicemia (better called "sepsis") would be treated in an emergency room, so health insurance is not a big factor. Also, the only treatments for it are fairly cheap (drainage of infected areas, and antibiotics).

      Sepsis is not actually the infection, it is your body's overreaction to a severe infection. Your body can end up killing itself. There actually isn't a very good treatment to inhibit this massive inflammation. Antibiotics can halt or kill different types of bacteria, but you have to hope that the inflammation response subsides appropriately.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
  6. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

    KEEP IN FORMED! DOCTORS SHOULD HAVE CREDINTIALS CHECK/MAKE SURE MEDICINE CHECKS W FDA & WATCH OUT FOR TOXIC FOOD & PEOPLE NOW THAT WILL ADD LIVES ON PEOPLE

    January 11, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KenC

      Whaaaat!??? Uh....can't figure out what in the world you are saying here!!!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • LudicrousSpeed

      Toxic people are the WORST!!

      January 11, 2012 at 23:59 | Report abuse |
  7. Ariel

    Someone needs to call Pest Control on you asap.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. DIAGNOSE THAT

    The top 15 killers of Americans ... GWB, Dick Cheyney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condaleeza Rice, Colin Powell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Rick Santurum, Newk Gingrich, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Sara Palin (Don't Retreat-Reload),

    January 11, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      You forgot Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

      January 11, 2012 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • P!ss-Tank Pete

      Not to mention Grant and Lincoln's favorite psychopath, General Sherman.

      January 11, 2012 at 20:11 | Report abuse |
  9. Truth

    Someone is a n155er lover!!!! Quick, get the STD tests out!

    January 11, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • :)

      The fact that someone is different from you raelly shouldn't matter. In fact this day and age, it's absurd that people are still racist. I mean really? really? No one cares. If anything, if you are racist that just means you will have less friends in life. Why limit yourself. Would you not take money from someone because of the color of their skin? Would you not ask for help from someone because they are different? You know how everyone thinks that guy in Iran is a dumba$$? Thats because hes racist and thats what people think when they hear that someone is racist "oh another dumba$$ racist" lol why can't we all just get along???

      January 11, 2012 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
  10. Shelly

    It should read...

    1) Eating fast food/processed foods
    2) Tanning
    3) Smoking
    4) Eating more fast food/processed foods

    You get the idea

    Eat healthy, lay off the tanning beds, use sunscreen, & quit smoking people!!!!!!!!!! It's not rocket science.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • speedro

      When I dice up an avocado, that is processing it. When rice is picked, cleaned and put in a bag to be distributed, that is processed. A chicken is processed when it is killed, defeathered, cleaned and packaged for sale. Ground turkey is processed. Bread is processed. I am curious if you can describe what you specifically mean by processed foods, or if you are just using a buzzword, as so many people do.

      January 11, 2012 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      "1) Eating fast food/processed foods"

      This is actually not well supported by science or evidence.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
    • TheFour

      @ Speedro– You really have to be that technical? You don't know what processed food means? Brining chicken to increase the volume, hotdogs, boxed mixes, high fructose corn syrup(google that process!!), fractionated palm kernel oil, maltodextrin, hydrogenated anything, hydrolized anything... Processed. Synthetic. It's not a buzz word. Superfood is a buzz word to get grown-ups to eat their vegetables. Processed foods are the devil.

      January 11, 2012 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
  11. Shelly

    That made me LOL, but you're still a tard for saying that.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dragona33

    Umm... I think you may be running late to a KKK rally....In 1950. What an Idiot

    January 11, 2012 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Ariel

    @Truth:

    Yeah, figures the missing link would come up with something like that...Pathetic. Try evolving already.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Truth

      Tell that to the n166ers of this planet who never did please.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
  14. Ariel

    @Speedro

    Thanks for the response. You may be right that it's unrelated to health insurance. Good point about suicide too. For some reason, it just stood out because it's not something that get's talked about much (perhaps exactly for that reason).

    January 11, 2012 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ariel

      Oops, wrong place...... 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
  15. ericwhyte

    How did God not make this list?

    January 11, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Noctunicus

      He was. He removed it in some mysterious way.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
    • jere1

      my friend died of God.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
    • HowApropo

      Because this list isn't science fiction, it is science FACT!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      All of those diseases are gifts from God.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:03 | Report abuse |
  16. portland tony

    Where is "old age" ranked on the chart? Or even better, where is "natural causes"? People are eventually going to pass on. It just depends on what's gonna get you first. This comment is not in anyway meant to slight those who go before their time.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • LWZRGHT

      There is no such thing as dying from old age. The list is more specific than that. When you die of "old age", it will be due to one of the causes above. Your heart stops. You get pneumonia. You have a stroke. Those things can be CAUSED by natural causes, but they are still the direct cause of death.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:10 | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      @LWZ...MY POINT!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @portland tony: The only two on the list that aren't natural causes are accidents and suicide. Just because things like smoking and eating unhealthy are the contributing cause of the disease doesn't stop it from being a natural cause.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      "Old age" is what you list as a COD when you don't know the specific mechanism.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:04 | Report abuse |
  17. Noctunicus

    Life is the #1 cause of death.

    January 11, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Hot Carl

    "15 top killers of Americans"
    I didn't see "no good black thugs" or "mexican gang bangers" in the list? Must not be very accurate.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Noctunicus

      We need to add moronic bloggers with no reason to exist other than to incite racial violence and hatred named Hot Carl too then!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
    • LWZRGHT

      If you read the article, it said homicides are off the list now.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • portland tony

      How bout some white trailer trash wannabes homeys?

      January 11, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • KenC

      What is so "hot" about your Carl? You obviously are a racist. Racists are among the lowest that live among us in society.

      January 11, 2012 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
  19. Hot Carl

    That's what I said! This list is a farce.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. LWZRGHT

    Top 5 of keeping me alive:

    1. Air
    2. Water
    3. Food
    4. Shelter
    5. Commenting on CNN articles:-)

    January 11, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Levi

      Ahh number 5 made me laugh ty

      January 11, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
  21. amac

    Really, really sad that homicide has dropped off the list of the top 15 killers of Americans, but suicide remains among the top ten.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Bob

    16. Cool-aid

    January 11, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. DavidB

    Where is automobile accidents? It should be number 1.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KenC

      Um...automobile accidents comes under the category "accidents" - it's not rocket science! I think you can figure it out from the list above!

      January 11, 2012 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  24. KenC

    You are a pathetic racist, that thinks that intelligent people don't know your code for the "n" word. How does a racist like you even afford a computer, or the knowledge to type!??

    January 11, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. JDinHouston

    My experience tells me that lists tend to be the leading cause of death.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Tyrone, NY

    I can bring up that stat if you let me know where your punk azz lives. It's always the keyboard gangsters hiding in their moms living room. I'm in Schenectady we have this beatufil rose garden you would look lovely in hanging from the tree so we can post the pic on Facebook.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Truth

      Fair warning, I've legally shot to death 17 n166ers already, you don't stand a chance. Give up the farce n166er, you aren't sh1t, you know it, I know it, everyone knows it.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
  27. Squad

    Where is GOP Debate Fatigue on the list? Or is that captured under Suicide?

    January 11, 2012 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Tyrone, NY

    I can bring up that stat if you let me know where your punk azz lives. It's always the keyboard gangsters hiding in their moms living room. I'm in Schenectady we have this beautiful rose garden in Central Park you would look lovely in hanging from the tree so we can post the pic on Facebook.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Bill

    Great list to prioritize spending. It would be nice to add how much is spent to protect us from each one.

    I noticed some significant omissions: Anything we're waging a war on, anything the TSA is protecting us from (nail clippers, perfumes, cupcakes), any website domain the government takes over, or any country we're lining up troops and ships against.

    I'm beginning to wonder if the White House is lying to us about major threats to Americans, and why they're spending Billions on their own list.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Duane

    I don't see Ex Wives......

    January 11, 2012 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Well, well..

      Or Ex Husbands!! I think the two should be ranked fairly high...

      January 11, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
  31. WAR?

    ow about war? how many soldiers died? it isn't on the list.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brennan

      Seriously? It is such a low number in comparison to all of these.. It is just more public

      January 11, 2012 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
    • research

      it isnt on the list, because this list is only the top 15 reasons Americans died last year, so unfortunately your point that the wars we have fought over the last decade caused tremendous casualties is a moot point. However to answer your question. 33,186 killed or wounded in Iraq since that war started on 3/19/2003(as a side note allegedly that war is over). And in Afghanistan since oct 2001 there have been 1,893 Americans killed. No one knows how many Americans died in Lybia as they were all covert ops missions, but im sure the President has seen a few coffins come in from there also.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
  32. portland tony

    Ironically, I'd like to see a list of the leading causes of death drawn up around 1900. Half of the items on the current list would disappear. Primarily because no one lived long enough to get them. Most would center around infectious diseases and child birth, I'll bet. Maybe a few died of being kicked by a mule or irate husband?

    January 11, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl

      You can search for a list of causes of death by year, as there are several websites with the info. The biggest causes of death back then were viral and bacterial infections which are now prevented with vaccines and sanitary food and water. Average age of death was about 50, so not as many people lived long enough to have heart attacks or cancer.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
  33. Frequent TSA Gropee

    Be nice if we could take funding away from the TSA and spend it on heart research and treatment.

    January 11, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bee

      Really? Then you could add "terrorist attacks" to the list. Even WITH TSA, how many times to people try and get on planes and blow them up?

      January 11, 2012 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • P!ss-Tank Pete

      TSA employees are semi-literate thugs and goons who get off on groping children and the elderly. They contribute absolutely nothing to our 'security'. They need a uniform makeover – brown shirts would make them more.....dashing....don't you think?

      January 12, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
  34. c s

    No mention of medical caused deaths, that is deaths caused by medical treatment. The estimates start at 100,000 per year and go up. Do a search for "Iatrogenic deaths" and you will find it.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • c s

      By the way one of the most prominent deaths caused by doctors was our First President George Washington. He was bled to death by his doctors.

      January 11, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • RP

      That also falls under accidents.

      January 12, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
  35. Golden Rule

    Iatrogenic deaths, i.e. lethal medical errors by doctors, is the number 3 cause of death in the USA. I'm sure they buried this fact into number 5, accidents.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RP

      Then why isn't accidents the number 3 cause of death on the list? It should at least be number 3 if what you say is true.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
  36. joey

    keep it those steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs and smoking and drinking, good job america

    January 11, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. hohohoe57

    WHAT?? no terrorism?? no al qaeda??

    January 11, 2012 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. blode

    not smoking, not drinking, and attempting to eat healthy (not red meat every day, and not soda or any corn syrup) leaves us with accidents, pollution of our water and air (also radiation). The other diseases... look to genetics, stem cell research.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Levi

    WHAT? Muslims didn't make the list???

    January 11, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • P!ss-Tank Pete

      I'm sure they're on the expanded list. Right behind Jews.

      January 12, 2012 at 10:39 | Report abuse |
  40. Levi

    murder should be up there

    January 11, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • learn to read please

      the article clearly states that last years #15 was murder, this year it fell off the list. “Homicides fell from among the 15 leading causes for the first time since 1965.”

      January 11, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  41. Miss President

    Everyone is the same color on CNN message boards. Racists are a population that will die off, at some point they will start to understand the story about a red Hersey Kiss and a green Hershey kiss. Their rappers are different colors but their insides are just as great.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Miss President

      By rappers, I mean singers. Ha.. how ironic. --> *WRAPPERS*

      January 11, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse |
    • :)

      we are all pink on the inside

      January 11, 2012 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
  42. Marion

    KenC wrote:
    I notice that "marijuana" is thrown in to almost EVERY article that CNN writes. I really do think that most pot smokers are lost causes!!

    What on earth are you talking about? there is NO MENTION of marijuana in this article?Are you smoking it when you claim that almost EVERY article on cnn marijuana is mentioned? what??? "most pot smokers are lost causes"? and what is that supposed to mean? That is a ridiculous claim to make. Are you trying somehow to say you think people who smoke marijuana are addicted and "lost causes"? if so, you have no clue what you are talking about and your comment is asinine.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Liberty Queen

    Boozers cause more crime, violence and murders than all ingested substance combined. In fact, I know of no one who was ever high on marijuana to have committed a violent crime. I'll take a pot head over a alkie any day of the week. Where there's booze, there's bullies, battering and the burial of loved ones.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Liberty Queen

    The biggest cause of death is the violence of the male population.

    January 11, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. urmom

    HA HA attack the "N" word jerk and ignore the muslim comment. You're all a bunch of clan members, even YOU Tyrone, king of the web crips...

    January 11, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl

      The difference might be that "Muslim" is not a slur. Just FYI.

      January 11, 2012 at 18:26 | Report abuse |
  46. Adam9

    Wait, what year is it? How long does it take to put these things out?!?

    January 11, 2012 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. magneticink

    16. taxes 17. price of fuel 18. no jobs 19. banksters 20. women

    January 11, 2012 at 19:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RP

      I don't think the statistics on domestic violence back up your assertion that women are the #20 cause of death.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:05 | Report abuse |
  48. Jeff

    What about the over 100,000 that died alone this year due to hospital acquired infection. Take some responsibility CNN to do research and not contribute to the FDA and CDC's omission of such facts. Shame on you.

    January 11, 2012 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. NRGDrinks101

    If people didn't drink alcohol, Smoke ANYTHING, do any drugs, or eat till they became obese, almost all of this list would disappear. How many diseases are caused by smoking and obesity? Even accidents and suicide would probable be off of the list. How many accidents result from being intoxicated? How many suicides are caused from drug withdrawal? Why don't people care about themselves? A lot of people seem to care about everything else BUT their own body and mind... WHY?? Imagine this: Someone gives you a car that will repair itself from any moderate damage for free. The only catch is that you have to put premium gas in it and drive it for at least one hour a day. If this criteria is met, your new car will become more powerful and fuel efficient every day. You'd have to be an idiot not to do these 2 simple things for such an amazing car! Now guess what....... you already have something even better than this right now! It's called your BODY!! You're body already does things of this same magnitude. You're body will heal itself from many, many things and has the ability to become stronger and better over time. The catch? Ingest healthy nutrients and exercise!!!!!! This will work for 99% of people. Give it a try. You have to live in your body for the rest of your life and you can't get a new one.

    January 11, 2012 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RP

      "Even accidents and suicide would probable be off of the list." – No, of course they wouldn't. Why would you even think that? Use some common sense.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
  50. Peachbear

    The number one killer of americans is not a disease. it's the lack of national healthcare, lack of insurance, lack of access to healthcare. THAT kills more americans than any disease ever will.

    January 11, 2012 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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