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Men's Leading Causes of Death

Men in the United States live more than five years less than women. For more than the top leading causes of death, men have higher death rates. Here are some facts, along with some of leading causes of death for men.

Because women outlive men, the female population as a whole is older than the male population. Health statistics usually use data which have been age-adjusted to account for this difference when comparing females and males. All comparisons here are based on age-adjusted death rates.

HEART DISEASE
One and one-half times more men than woman die from heart disease. Under age 65, three times more men than women die from heart attacks.

CANCER
One and one-half times more men than woman die from cancer. Men have a higher probability of developing cancer and don’t survive as long once they've been diagnosed. Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for males, kills two and one-half times more men than woman. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. Melanoma, the cancer with the greatest increase in incidence since 1973, kills nearly twice as many men as woman.

ACCIDENTS
Men are one and one-half times more likely than women to die from accidental deaths. For males aged 1 to 44 years, accidents are the number one cause of death. Two and one-half times more men as women die in motor-vehicle accidents, the leading cause of accidental death. Five times more males die by drowning.

PNEUMONIA AND FLU
Over one and one-half as many men as women die from pneumonia and flu.

SUICIDE
Rates of suicide are, on average, four times higher for men than women. For most age groups suicide rates have remained unchanged since 1946, but for those aged 15 to 24 years the rate has increased 250% and 6 out of 7 are male. Suicide rates for those aged 75 and older are 9 to 12 times higher for men than women.

DIABETES
Nearly one and one-half times more men than women die from diabetes.

HOMICIDE
Men are victims in 4 out of 5 homicides. For African American men, who are victims 7 times more often than European American men, homicide is the fourth leading cause of death, and the number one killer for those ages 15 to 24.

CIRRHOSIS
Two and one-half times more men than women die from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

Leading Causes of Death for Men by Ethnicity

(Please note that these causes of death are not necessarily current and can vary among these populations over time. This table remains here to illustrate that there are often considerable differences in the leading causes of death among men.)

All Males
European American
African American
Native American
Asian American
Hispanic American
1
Heart Disease
Heart Disease
Heart Disease
Heart Disease
Heart Disease
Heart Disease
2
Cancer
Cancer
Cancer
Unintentional Injuries
Cancer
Cancer
3
Cerebrovascular Disease
Cerebrovascular Disease
HIV Infection
Cancer
Cerebrovascular Disease
Unintentional Injuries
4
Unintentional Injuries
Unintentional Injuries
Unintentional Injuries
Diabetes
Unintentional Injuries
HIV Infection
5
Chronic Lung Disease
Chronic Lung Disease
Homicide
Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
Pneumonia and Influenza<
Homicide
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