10 Most Common Causes of Death in the World

Life is beautiful, but unfortunately every life eventually ends with death. Death is therefore inevitable, and there are many different ways to go. It can come from a number of different causes of death. Sometimes death comes suddenly and unexpected. This is not the rule, however. Most of the most common causes of deaths nowadays result from certain long-lasting diseases. The reasons for these diseases can be just as variable. Sometimes it is just bad luck or genetics or old age, but oftentimes it does come down to own lifestyle choices.

The following ranking lists the currently 10 most common causes of death in the world. It also displays known risk factors that lead to these most common causes of death.

The 10 Most Common Causes of Death

10 most common causes of death in the world

1. Cardiovascular Disease


2. Cancer


3. Coronavirus


4. Respiratory Disease


5. Pneumonia


6. Dementia


7. Diabetes


8. Traffic Accident

9. Diarrhea

10. Tuberculosis


The 10 (Current) Most Common Causes of Death in the World

The 10 Current Most Common Causes of Death in the World:
1. HEART/CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Responsible for ~ 27.2% of all global deaths
2. CANCER
Responsible for ~ 16.5% of all global deaths
3. CORONAVIRUS
Responsible for ~ 7.1% of all global deaths
4. LUNG/RESPIRATORY DISEASE
Responsible for ~ 5.6% of all global deaths
5. PNEUMONIA
Responsible for ~ 4.9% of all global deaths
6. DEMENTIA
Responsible for ~ 3.3% of all global deaths
7. DIABETES
Responsible for ~ 2.6% of all global deaths
8. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Responsible for ~ 2.3% of all global deaths
9. DIARRHEA
Responsible for ~ 2.2% of all global deaths
10. TUBERCULOSIS
Responsible for ~ 2.1% of all global deaths

List of most common causes of death in the world by number of yearly deaths caused by the respective causes. Source for data is the WHO & World Life Expectancy. All types of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases and dementia are grouped together as one category. The data for coronavirus-related deaths is from Worldometers (as of August 2021).


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