Top Causes of Death According to WHO
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 54% of the deaths (in 2016) worldwide were due to the top 10 causes. Of the top 10 causes, Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the biggest killers. They alone accounted for a combined 15.2 million deaths in 2016. They remain the leading cause of death globally for the last 15 years.
Some 3 million lives in 2016 were claimed by Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung cancer caused 1.7 million deaths while Diabetes killed 1.6 million. Deaths caused by dementias more than doubled between 2000 and 2016 which made it the 5th leading cause of global deaths in 2016.
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Of the 1.4 million people killed in 2016 due to road accidents, about 74% were men and boys.