Age-Adjusted Death Rates for 10 Leading Causes, U.S. (1997)

The graph reflects age-adjusted death rates of the 12 leading causes of death in the U.S., 1997. The vertical axis runs from zero to three-hundred percent and represents mortality percentage rates per 100,000. In most disease categories male and female trend relatively closely together, except for cancer and cerebrovascular disease. The following are approximations:

Heart Disease: Males 270%; Females 260%
Cancer: Males 220%; Females 175%;
Cerebrovascular disease: Males 70%; Females 50%;
Pulmonary: Males 45%; Female 48;
Pneumonia: Males 30%; Females 35%
Diabetes: Males 18%; Females 20%
Car Accidents: Males 20; Females 15%
Other Accidents: Males 20; Females 15%
Alzheimer's: Males 5%; Females 10%
Suicide: Males 1.8%; Females 1.3%
Liver Disease: Males 1.4%; Females 1.6%

[Source: Hoyert, D. L., Kochanek, K. D., & Murphy, S. L. (1999). Deaths: Final data for 1997. (National Vital Statistics Report; Vol. 49, No. 19.) Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.]