15 Top Killers of Americans (as reported by CNN)
Diseases of heart
Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma)
Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
Accidents (any injuries that are unintentional)
Alzheimer’s disease
Diabetes mellitus
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
Influenza and pneumonia
Intentional self-harm (suicide)
Septicemia
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
Parkinson’s disease
Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
The leading killers of Americans continue to be non-infectious diseases like heart disease, strokes and lung diseases. But one of the perpetual causes of death fell off the top 15 list this year: Homicides.
“Most of the changes were positive,” said Sherry Murphy, a statistician at the National Center of Health Statistics and one of the authors of the annual mortality report.  “Homicides fell from among the 15 leading causes for the first time since 1965.”

15 Top Killers of Americans
(as reported by CNN)

  1. Diseases of heart
  2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
  3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma)
  4. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
  5. Accidents (any injuries that are unintentional)
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes mellitus
  8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
  9. Influenza and pneumonia
  10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
  11. Septicemia
  12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
  13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
  14. Parkinson’s disease
  15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids

The leading killers of Americans continue to be non-infectious diseases like heart disease, strokes and lung diseases. But one of the perpetual causes of death fell off the top 15 list this year: Homicides.

“Most of the changes were positive,” said Sherry Murphy, a statistician at the National Center of Health Statistics and one of the authors of the annual mortality report.  “Homicides fell from among the 15 leading causes for the first time since 1965.”