How You're Most Likely to Die, in One Chart

Categories: Health
If you've ever wondered what's most likely to put you in a body bag at the end of the day, then wonder no more.

A recent report from the Arizona Department of Health Services includes a list of the top 10 killers for 10 age groups of people in Arizona, all in one easy chart.

While heart disease is the number-one killer of people in Arizona (at least, using data from 2006 to 2010), the top killer of people under 45 years old is "unintentional injury," or accident, which includes poisoning, being accidentally shot by firearms, falling, traffic crashes, and other means.

For people between the ages of 15 and 24, "unintentional injury" is the top killer, followed by homicide and suicide.

The stats are nearly the same for people between 25 and 34, except suicide is second, and homicide is third.

Check out the chart below:

(Click the image for a larger view.)

(For those who haven't perused a medical textbook recently, malignant neoplasms means cancer and cerebrovascular disease means a stroke.)

Strangely enough, the national statistics, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show some causes of death are more or less common in Arizona than they are nationwide.

For example, accidents, or "unintentional injuries," are the third-leading killer of people in Arizona, but only fifth nationwide. Suicide's also eighth in Arizona, but 10th nationally, and liver disease is 10th in Arizona but not one of the top 10 killers nationally.

To see the state health department's report on unintentional injuries, click here.

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By the time I die the world will have gone to shit.

Not like it's already on the way there....

Michele Graham Savkovich
Michele Graham Savkovich

Suicide? Really? Have never even considered suicide ever! Even with everything that has ever happened to me. Where do they get this shit from?

ExpertShot topcommenter

No one gets out of here alive Dude - get over it.  If you're in pain and you have a diagnosis of a terminal condition, ask your doc to "help" you stop feeling the pain.  Most docs know what you're talking about and will assist you - unlimited pain meds anyone?

For those who think that they're going to somehow live to be ?? well don't - there are no guarantees.   We are a species which reproduces and the only hope for a continuation of life in our species is in our offspring.  Our goal as parents should be to make our population as intelligent and as healthy and peaceful as we can before we spring off this mortal coil.  Concentrating wealth in the top 1 percent of the world's population is NOT the way to do that.  

The progressive dems get that - the Republicants don't.  PLEASE, for the sake of our species, DO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!!!  Let's give President Obama a running chance at changing our nation's policies regarding wealth distribution for the better and help him rebuild the middle class!

valleynative topcommenter

Smoking contributes to:

Cancer, heart attack, lung disease and stroke


maybe paul baboon should read this as his chopper pilot isn't that good!

dumb ass wrecked our(taxpayer)helicopter out joy riding with his boytoys


So, in other words,  Arizonans are more clumsy, depressed and drunk. Sound about right.

valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot Our goal should be to teach our children to take personal responsibility for their own lives, rather than rely upon the government to provide for them and to solve all of their problems by redistributing wealth.  Please for the sake of our nation, do not vote Democrat.

We need economic as well as health care reform, but not by simply putting a bureaucracy in charge of deciding who should have what.   People who are willing to try harder and take chances MUST be rewarded beyond those who sit back and collect entitlements, or we are doomed.

valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14  Mostly older, and with more people living a long way from a hospital

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