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

« Previous entry
soundoff (3,073 Responses)
  1. BbshMile

    herb viagra side effects https://loxviagra.com/ – viagra with alcohol viagra after prostate removal

    May 12, 2021 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Bay Doors Orange County


    May 12, 2021 at 23:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. awning repair near me

    Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It's always helpful to read articles from other writers and practice a little something from their web sites.


    May 13, 2021 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. idn Poker

    Whats up are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and set up
    my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    May 13, 2021 at 00:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Mattresses Riverside

    I really love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you make this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own site and would like to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called. Cheers!


    May 13, 2021 at 04:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. rv parts and service near my location

    This is the right web site for anyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject which has been written about for a long time. Great stuff, just wonderful!


    May 13, 2021 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. LebnEncox

    Zoloft http://xlnpharmacy.com/ online pharmacy busted

    May 13, 2021 at 06:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. rv sales orange county


    May 13, 2021 at 09:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. 2009 Stuck Intake Dodge Sprinter Repair

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may come back once again since I saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.


    May 13, 2021 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Nhà cái W88 ở đầu

    Awesome! Its in fact amazing paragraph, I have got much clear idea on the topic of
    from this paragraph.

    May 13, 2021 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. camper mechanics near me

    There is definately a great deal to know about this issue. I love all the points you made.


    May 13, 2021 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Collision Repair Orange County


    May 13, 2021 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. 메이저사이트

    I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new stuff you postÖ


    May 13, 2021 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. News

    I've been exploring for a little foor any high-quality articles or weblog posts iin this kind off spae .
    Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this information So i'm saqtisfied to exhibit that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out
    just what I needed. I so much surely will make sure to do not overlook this web site
    and give it a look on a continuing basis.

    May 13, 2021 at 20:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RebfZisse

    cialis oline https://rcialisgl.com/ buy cialis without doctor prescription

    May 14, 2021 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Mercedes Sprinter Diesel Service Near Me

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!


    May 14, 2021 at 00:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. rv repair and service near me

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!


    May 14, 2021 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Diesel Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Good post. I'm facing a few of these issues as well..


    May 14, 2021 at 01:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. fiberglass company near me

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this subject here on your web site.


    May 14, 2021 at 04:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. vinyl wrap for rv

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe this web site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!


    May 14, 2021 at 05:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RV Seats Los Angeles


    May 14, 2021 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. 토토

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may come back yet again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.


    May 14, 2021 at 08:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. FmrfEncox

    order cialis 20 online https://cialisee.com/ geneneric cialis aus

    May 14, 2021 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. 토토

    That is a really good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate informationÖ Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!


    May 14, 2021 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Sclera Contacts

    Very nice write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site. Stick with it!


    May 14, 2021 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. AnooEncox

    cialis or viagra which is safer https://llviagra.com/ – viagra australia customs viagra hours effective

    May 14, 2021 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. GtnbCrulk

    lady viagra https://jokviagra.com/ who invented viagra

    May 14, 2021 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Cheapest Contact Lenses

    Your style is very unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this web site.


    May 14, 2021 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Essence Maserati Alfa Romeo

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should write more about this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but typically people don't speak about these subjects. To the next! Cheers!!


    May 14, 2021 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. near by house for sale

    This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thanks!


    May 14, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. 바카라검증

    Thanks for your marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you happen to
    be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the future.
    I want to encourage you continue your great job, have a nice holiday weekend!

    May 15, 2021 at 01:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Maserati Gts Convertible

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks for sharing!


    May 15, 2021 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. realtor post falls idaho


    May 15, 2021 at 02:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. bucket truck repair


    May 15, 2021 at 05:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. homes for sale athol

    May I just say what a relief to find an individual who really knows what they are discussing on the web. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people must check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you're not more popular because you surely possess the gift.


    May 15, 2021 at 05:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. 2018 Maserati Granturismo Mc

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Many thanks! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    May 15, 2021 at 09:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Vision Center Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. home for sale around me


    May 15, 2021 at 11:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Cheapest Contact Lenses

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be helpful to read articles from other authors and use a little something from other sites.


    May 15, 2021 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Maserati Ghibli Lease Deals

    I could not refrain from commenting. Very well written!


    May 15, 2021 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. houses for sale coeur d alene


    May 15, 2021 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Opticians Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. LebnEncox

    cheap drugs canadian pharmaceuticals online safe buy online prescription drugs

    May 15, 2021 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Social Media Marketing Agency Around Me

    This website certainly has all of the information I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.


    May 15, 2021 at 21:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. 먹튀검증사이트

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the website is also really good.


    May 15, 2021 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. brimonidine

    combigan uk buy generic combigan

    May 15, 2021 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. brimonidine

    combigan 5 ml brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic

    May 15, 2021 at 22:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Aika Global


    May 15, 2021 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. 토토사이트

    Good post. I'm dealing with some of these issues as well..


    May 16, 2021 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Seo Marketing Agencies

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and also the rest of the site is really good.


    May 16, 2021 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

« Previous entry
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.