Distribution of causes of death worldwide in 2017

In 2017, around 31.8 percent of all deaths globally were caused by cardiovascular diseases and over 17 percent were caused by cancer. This statistic shows the distribution of causes of death worldwide in 2017.

Distribution of causes of death worldwide in 2017

Distribution of deaths
Cardiovascular diseases31.8%
Cancers17.08%
Respiratory diseases7%
Lower respiratory infections4.57%
Dementia4.49%
Digestive diseases4.25%
Neonatal deaths3.19%
Diarrheal diseases2.81%
Diabetes mellitus2.45%
Liver disease2.36%
Road incidents2.22%
Kidney disease2.2%
Tuberculosis2.12%
HIV/AIDS1.71%
Suicide1.42%
Malaria1.11%
Homicide0.72%
Parkinson disease0.61%
Drowning0.53%
Meningitis0.51%
Nutritional deficiencies0.48%
Protein-energy malnutrition0.41%
Maternal deaths0.35%
Alcohol disorders0.33%
Drug disorders0.3%
Hepatitis0.23%
Fire0.22%
Conflict*0.21%
Heat-related (hot and cold exposure)0.1%
Terrorism0.05%
Natural disasters0.02%
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Sources

Release date

November 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

Release date represents the date figures were accessed.
Data refers to the specific cause of death, which is distinguished from risk factors for death, such as air pollution, diet and other lifestyle factors. This is shown by cause of death as the percentage of total deaths.
* Percentage for conflict taken from 2016 data.

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