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Top 5 Causes of Death for Men, Women

Heart disease, cancer top both lists
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2016 11:14 AM CDT
Top 5 Causes of Death for Men, Women
Heart disease is deadliest for both.   (Shutterstock)

Alzheimer's deaths are on the rise, according to the most recent data. An analysis of all US death certificates from 2014 shows deaths related to Alzheimer's spiked 10.5% over 2013, per the Los Angeles Times. Such deaths still make up just 5% of deaths for women and 2.2% for men, however. Leading the way in terms of causes of death were the usual villains of heart disease (23.4%) and cancer (22.5%). The leading causes of death differ for men and women:

For men:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Accidents
  4. Respiratory diseases
  5. Stroke
For women:
  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Respiratory diseases
  4. Stroke
  5. Alzheimer's
Click for the top 10 causes of death overall or a list of American fears. (Read more death stories.)

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