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Table G.2
Ranking, number and percentage of deaths for the 10 leading causes by sex, Canada and United States, 2004

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Canada United States
Rank Males Females Rank Males Females
Cause of death Number Percentage Cause of death Number Percentage Cause of death Number Percentage Cause of death Number Percentage
... All causes of death 114,512 100.0 All causes of death 112,070 100.0 ... All causes of death 1,181,668 100.0 All causes of death 1,215,947 100.0
1 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 35,156 30.7 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 31,791 28.4 1 Diseases of heart (heart disease) 321,973 27.2 Diseases of heart (heart disease) 330,513 27.2
2 Heart diseases (heart disease) 27,076 23.6 Heart diseases (heart disease) 24,924 22.2 2 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 286,830 24.3 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 267,058 22.0
3 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 5,959 5.2 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 8,667 7.7 3 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 72,050 6.1 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 91,274 7.5
4 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 5,416 4.7 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 4,717 4.2 4 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 58,800 5.0 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 63,341 5.2
5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5,324 4.6 Alzheimer's disease 3,940 3.5 5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 58,646 5.0 Alzheimer's disease 46,991 3.9
6 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 4,020 3.5 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 3,803 3.4 6 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 35,267 3.0 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 39,962 3.3
7 Intentional self-harm (suicide) 2,734 2.4 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 3,570 3.2 7 Influenza and pneumonia 26,861 2.3 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 37,871 3.1
8 Influenza and pneumonia 2,557 2.2 Influenza and pneumonia 3,172 2.8 8 Intentional self–harm (suicide) 25,566 2.2 Influenza and pneumonia 32,803 2.7
9 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 1,816 1.6 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 1,725 1.5 9 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 20,370 1.7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 22,110 1.8
10 Alzheimer’s disease 1,596 1.4 Septicemia 871 0.8 10 Alzheimer's disease 18,974 1.6 Septicaemia 18,362 1.5
... All other causes 22,858 20.0 All other causes 24,890 22.2 ... All other causes 256,331 21.7 All other causes 265,662 21.8

Sources: Heron, M. Deaths: Leading Causes for 2004, National Vital Statistic Report, National Centre for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, United States, 2007.
Statistics Canada. Leading Causes of Deaths in Canada, 2000 to 2004, CANSIM Table 102-0561.