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Important Facts for Leading Causes of Death


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


Number of deaths due to a particular underlying cause


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.
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Content updated: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:01:06 EST