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Top Three Causes of Death by Age - United States, 2016

Age Group First Second Third
All ages Diseases of heart Malignant neoplasms Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)
1-4 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities Malignant neoplasms
5-9 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Malignant neoplasms Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
10-14 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Intentional self-harm (Suicide) Malignant neoplasms
15-19 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Intentional self-harm (Suicide) Assault (Homicide)
20-24 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Intentional self-harm (Suicide) Assault (Homicide)
25-34 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Intentional self-harm (Suicide) Assault (Homicide)
35-44 years Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) Malignant neoplasms Diseases of heart
45-54 years Malignant neoplasms Diseases of heart Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)
55-64 years Malignant neoplasms Diseases of heart Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)
65 years and over Diseases of heart Malignant neoplasms Chronic lower respiratory diseases
65-74 years Malignant neoplasms Diseases of heart Chronic lower respiratory diseases
75-84 years Malignant neoplasms Diseases of heart Chronic lower respiratory diseases
85 years and over Diseases of heart Malignant neoplasms Alzheimer's disease

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics - Leading Causes of Death.