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Top causes of death worldwide

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics published January 2017 and gathered over the last 15yrs (2000 to 2015), the year 2015 registered 56.4million deaths globally.

The following diseases accounted for 54% of these deaths.

– Ischaemic heart disease and stroke, 15million deaths

– Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 3.2million deaths

– Lung cancer (including trachea and bronchus cancers), 1.7million deaths

– Diabetes, 1.6million deaths

– Dementias

– Lower respiratory infections, 3.2million deaths

– Diarrhoeal diseases, 1.4million deaths

– Tuberculosis, 1.4million deaths

– Road injuries, 1.3million deaths. Most of whom – 76% – were men and boys.


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