About 60 million deaths globally each year.

Provisional information suggests mortality increased 17.7% in the number of deaths in 2020, an increase in the age adjusted rate of 15.9% compared with 2019, with increases in many leading causes of death. 

The provisional leading cause of death ranking for 2020 indicated the Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the US behind heart disease and cancer.

About 30% of global deaths are from cardiovascular disease, with 40-50% due to acute myocardial infarction.

In  the United States, seven chronic diseases are the causes of the  10 most common deaths: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and chronic lung, liver, and kidney diseases.

At least 25% of Americans die in a nursing home.

Among adults over the age of 50, approximately 11% have been predeceased by at least one of their offspring.

According to the United Nations World Population Prospects report, approximately 7,452 people die every day in the United States.

Provisional number of deaths occurring in the US among US residents in 2020 was 3,358,814, an increase of 503,976, which is 17.7%, from 2,854,838 in 2019.

A person dies in the US approximately every 12 seconds.

Mortality trends show seasonality with the number of deaths higher in the winter and lower in the summer.

The provisional leading cause of death ranking for 2020 indicated the Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the US behind heart disease and cancer.

Median age or death due prostate cancer is 80 years, compared with lung cancer at 72 years, and breast cancer at 68 years.

In 2019 it was estimated that 10 million people died due to cancer worldwide.

Cancer accounted for approximately two of every 10 deaths in the US in 2020.

More than 600,000 cancer deaths were projected in 2022 in the US.

About 36 million global deaths annually are due to chronic diseases.

High body-mass index (BMI) is estimated to have accounted for 4 million deaths globally in 2015, more than two thirds of which were caused by cardiovascular diseases.  

Liver disease causes 2 million deaths per year worldwide.

It is estimated there between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die every year from poor quality care in low and middle income countries.

More persons age 65 years or older are dying at home.

Preventable chronic disease is responsible for most American deaths, many of which are influenced by lifestyle habits contributing to obesity.

Social isolation is now identified as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, and increases the risk of death by 29%.

Non-communicable diseases and road injuries, account for 80% of deaths globally.

The leading causes of the higher male death rate are accidents, injuries, violence, and cardiovascular diseases. 

The combination of risk factors of excess weight, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol consumption account for 18.2% of cancer cases and 15.8% of cancer deaths in the United States (Rock CL).

Genetic predisposition constitutes approximately 30% of the risk for early death.

Non-communicable diseases including cancer and diabetes kill 41 million people annually.


Every year about 234,051 Americans die due to diabetes (type I or II) or diabetes-related complications, with 69,071 having it as the primary cause of death.

Vehicle crashes account for 1.35 million deaths each year globally.

In the US motor vehicle crashes and fire-arm related injuries caused four times as many deaths in children and adolescents as does cancer.

Hispanic death rate is 24% lower than whites.


Hispanics are about 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than whites.

In most regions of the world, the mortality rate is higher for adult men than for adult women; adult men develop fatal illnesses with more frequency than females.

Most smoking attributed deaths are due to cancer (34%), cardiovascular disease (32%) or respiratory disease (21%).

Heat is the most common cause of weather related deaths.

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