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Common Causes of Death in America

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continually monitors mortality rates in the United States in order to establish policies and prevention guidelines. Understanding the incidents and disease processes that are at the forefront of causing death enables the organization to alert seniors and their Columbus elder care providers to potential hazards and create programs designed to better the health of citizens.

1. Heart Disease

According to statistics, 611,105 fatalities occur in the United States each year due to heart disease, which accounts for more than 23 percent of annual deaths. In terms of gender, heart disease claims the lives of 321,347 men and 289,758 women. Heart disease refers to many different cardiovascular conditions that include plaque buildup, angina, dysrhythmias, heart attack and heart failure.

2. Cancer

Cancer affects people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. However, the risk for developing malignancies increases with age, carcinogen exposure, genetic factors and lifestyle. In 2015, there was an estimation of 1,658,370 new cases diagnosed and more than 589,000 fatalities due to cancer. The types of fatal cancers involved include:

  • Lung – 86,380
  • Gastrointestinal – 37,700
  • Prostate – 27,540
  • Pancreatic – 20,710
  • Liver – 17,030
  • Leukemia – 14,210
  • Urinary – 11,510
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – 11,480
  • Kidney – 9,070

3. Chronic Respiratory Diseases

Research performed by the American College of Chest Physicians revealed that chronic respiratory disease processes cause more than 149,000 fatalities every year. Many of these maladies are classified as being chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders or COPD. These diseases include asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. The number of fatalities related to respiratory conditions involve:

  • Men – 70,317
  • Women – 78,888

Additional causes of death ranking in the top 10 include:

  • Accidental injuries such as drug and alcohol overdoses
  • Stroke and other vascular disease processes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Flu and pneumonia
  • Kidney disease
  • Suicide

Although the life expectancy of women continues to surpass men, that margin dropped from 13.2 years to 4.8 years. Men of all ethnic backgrounds are living longer. The life expectancy for Caucasian women in particular has decreased.

The risk of these fatalities tends to increase with age. With help from a trusted home care agency like Home Care Assistance of Columbus, your loved one can boost his or her longevity and wellbeing. Our caregivers are trained to incorporate the Balanced Care Method (BCM) to any care plan free of charge. BCM is a scientifically proven method that promotes vitality and wellness for aged adults by encouraging healthy diet, physical exercise, socialization, and cognitive stimulation. Learn more about BCM by calling (614) 481-8888 today.