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Complete Health Indicator Report of Leading Causes of Death

Definition

Deaths due to underlying causes of death eligible to be ranked as leading causes of death based on National Center for Health Statistics standards

Numerator

Number of deaths due to a particular underlying cause

Denominator

Percent: Total number of deaths due to all causes Rate: Number of persons in the population

Why Is This Important?

Analysis of mortality by cause is essential for the development of prevention strategies.

How Are We Doing?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, New Jersey, and all NJ counties except Sussex, where cancer is the leading cause. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in all other NJ counties, as well as in the US and New Jersey as a whole. Together, these two causes of death account for nearly half of all deaths each year. Stroke, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), Alzheimer's disease, septicemia (sepsis), diabetes, kidney disease, and influenza/pneumonia round out the remainder of the ten leading causes of death for New Jersey. In 2015, the first change occurred in the order of leading causes of death in several years. For each year of 2008-2014, the leading causes of death had been, in order, heart disease, cancer, stroke, CLRD, unintentional injury, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, septicemia (sepsis), kidney disease, and influenza/pneumonia.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, but is 11th in New Jersey. New Jersey's 7th leading cause of death, septicemia, is 11th in the US. The other leading causes of death are in the Top 10 in both New Jersey and the US. The age-adjusted death rates for New Jersey's ten leading causes of death are lower than that of the U.S. for each cause except septicemia and kidney disease.


Related Indicators

Health Status Outcomes

There are also indicator profiles for leading causes of death by age, race/ethnicity, and gender. These are accessible via the [https://www26.state.nj.us/doh-shad/indicator/CatMort.html Mortality and Leading Causes of Death] categorized index of SHAD Indicators.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Leading Causes of Death: Counts and Percentages, New Jersey, 2015

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Cause of DeathPercent of DeathsNumer- ator
Record Count: 11
Heart Disease25.8%18,649
Cancer22.5%16,270
Stroke4.7%3,413
Unintentional Injury4.5%3,219
CLRD4.4%3,202
Alzheimer's Disease3.1%2,260
Septicemia2.7%1,957
Diabetes2.7%1,933
Kidney Disease2.2%1,582
Influenza and Pneumonia1.9%1,402
All Other Causes25.5%18,430

Data Source

Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health


Leading Causes of Death: Age-Adjusted Rates, New Jersey and the U.S., 2015

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US/NJCause of DeathDeaths per 100,000 Standardized PopulationLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- ator
Record Count: 20
USHeart Disease168.5168.1168.9633,842
USCancer158.5158.1158.9595,930
USStroke41.641.441.8155,041
USUnintentional Injury43.243.043.4146,571
USCLRD37.637.437.8140,323
USAlzheimer's Disease29.429.329.6110,561
USSepticemia11.010.811.140,773
USDiabetes21.321.121.479,535
USKidney Disease13.413.313.549,959
USInfluenza and Pneumonia15.215.115.457,062
NJHeart Disease166.8164.1169.418,649
NJCancer150.8148.2153.316,270
NJStroke31.129.932.23,413
NJUnintentional Injury33.732.534.93,219
NJCLRD29.628.530.73,202
NJAlzheimer's Disease19.818.820.72,260
NJSepticemia17.917.118.81,957
NJDiabetes17.917.018.71,933
NJKidney Disease14.413.615.21,582
NJInfluenza and Pneumonia12.511.813.31,402

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics Reports, NCHS, CDC
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Leading Causes of Death: Percentages by County of Residence, New Jersey, 2015

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Leading Causes of DeathCountyPercent of DeathsNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 46
Heart DiseaseAtlantic25.5%#16922,709
Heart DiseaseBergen26.1%#11,8587,115
Heart DiseaseBurlington26.0%#11,0574,066
Heart DiseaseCamden24.2%#11,1254,654
Heart DiseaseCape May26.9%#13451,282
Heart DiseaseCumberland24.6%#13841,564
Heart DiseaseEssex25.4%#11,4805,823
Heart DiseaseGloucester24.6%#16332,568
Heart DiseaseHudson25.2%#19383,726
Heart DiseaseHunterdon27.3%#1248907
Heart DiseaseMercer25.1%#17302,908
Heart DiseaseMiddlesex25.4%#11,4565,725
Heart DiseaseMonmouth24.7%#11,3165,320
Heart DiseaseMorris25.4%#19553,753
Heart DiseaseOcean29.8%#12,1537,218
Heart DiseasePassaic25.7%#19513,701
Heart DiseaseSalem28.0%#1204729
Heart DiseaseSomerset23.8%#15742,407
Heart DiseaseSussex22.6%#22641,166
Heart DiseaseUnion25.9%#11,0153,926
Heart DiseaseWarren25.9%#12711,047
Heart DiseaseNew Jersey25.8%#118,64972,317
Heart DiseaseUnited States23.4%#1633,8422,712,630
CancerAtlantic22.0%#25952,709
CancerBergen24.4%#21,7347,115
CancerBurlington22.5%#29134,066
CancerCamden21.7%#21,0114,654
CancerCape May23.3%#22991,282
CancerCumberland21.9%#23421,564
CancerEssex21.8%#21,2725,823
CancerGloucester22.3%#25732,568
CancerHudson21.8%#28123,726
CancerHunterdon23.5%#2213907
CancerMercer22.0%#26402,908
CancerMiddlesex22.8%#21,3055,725
CancerMonmouth21.4%#21,1405,320
CancerMorris23.4%#28773,753
CancerOcean22.2%#21,6057,218
CancerPassaic21.8%#28053,701
CancerSalem19.1%#2139729
CancerSomerset23.8%#25722,407
CancerSussex26.1%#13041,166
CancerUnion21.9%#28603,926
CancerWarren24.7%#22591,047
CancerNew Jersey22.5%#216,27072,317
CancerUnited States22.0%#2595,9302,712,630

Data Notes

In the data table, #1 = leading cause of death and #2 = 2nd leading cause of death.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

References and Community Resources

U.S. Statistics, Data, and Related Documentation are available from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on these websites: National Vital Statistics System: [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss.htm] Mortality Data: [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm] Datasets and Related Documentation for Mortality Data: [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/mortality_methods.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/mortality_methods.htm] Instruction Manuals: [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/instruction_manuals.htm http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/instruction_manuals.htm]

Page Content Updated On 07/07/2017, Published on 07/07/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST