Table 8
Ranking and number of deaths for the 10 leading causes of death, Canada and United States, 2009

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Table 8
Ranking and number of deaths for the 10 leading causes of death, Canada and United States, 2009
Rank Canada United States
Cause of death Number Percent Cause of death Number Percent
... All causes of death 238,418 100.0 All causes of death 2,437,163 100.0
1 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 71,125 29.8 Diseases of heart (heart disease) 599,413 24.6
2 Diseases of heart (heart disease) 49,271 20.7 Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 567,628 23.3
3 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 14,105 5.9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 137,353 5.6
4 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 10,859 4.6 Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 128,842 5.3
5 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 10,250 4.3 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 118,021 4.8
6 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 6,923 2.9 Alzheimer's disease 79,003 3.2
7 Alzheimer's disease 6,281 2.6 Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) 68,705 2.8
8 Influenza and pneumonia 5,826 2.4 Influenza and pneumonia 53,692 2.2
9 Intentional self-harm (suicide) 3,890 1.6 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 48,935 2.0
10 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) 3,609 1.5 Intentional self-harm (suicide) 36,909 1.5
... All other causes 56,279 23.6 All other causes 598,662 24.6
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