Top 5 Causes of Men’s Death in the US

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Men have shorter life expectancies than women. While we will all die eventually, there are things we can do to live longer and healthier lives, which improves the overall quality of our lives and our families lives.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2019, 357,761 American men died of heart disease, representing 1 in every 4 male deaths. Here are the top five causes of men’s death in the United States, with data collated by online pokies for real money.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a term that includes many specific heart conditions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attacks, is the most common heart disease in the United States. Other heart conditions include chest pain known as angina, heart failure and irregular heart beats known as arrhythmias.


Because men usually develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women, men are more likely to die of it in the prime of life. (American Heart Association)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women.
Nearly 700,000 people die of heart disease annually – the equivalent of 29 percent of all deaths in the United States. (CDC)
About a quarter of all heart-disease-related deaths occur in men ages 35 to 65. (CDC)
In 2004, heart disease was the cause of death for 410,628 males. (American Heart Association)


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the leading causes of cancer death in men are lung cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.


In 2003, nearly 288,000 men died of cancer in the U.S., the second-leading cause of death for both sexes. (CDC)
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for both men and women. (CDC)
Ninety percent of lung cancer is caused by cigarette smoking. (CDC)
In 2003, 89,964 men died of lung cancer. (CDC)

Unintentional Injuries

Unintentional injuries are simply accidents. Though a leading cause of death for men – and Americans of all ages – many unintentional injuries can be easily prevented. Injuries in this category include, for example, injuries due to falls, fire and impaired driving.


In 2002, unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 years and the fifth leading cause of death overall. (CDC)
More than 106,000 people died in 2002 from unintentional injuries.(CDC)
Men are more likely to die from a fall. After adjusting for age, the fall fatality rate in 2004 was 49 percent higher for men than for women (CDC).
Residential fires accounted for 76 percent of fire-related injuries and 79 percent of fire-related deaths in 2002. In this year alone, more than 401,000 home fires in the United States claimed the lives of 2,670 people and injured another 14,050. (CDC)
In 2003, 17,013 people died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 40 percent of the year’s total traffic deaths. (CDC)
Male drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater (NHTSA 2006). It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Driving while distracted or tired increases your likelihood of being involved in an accident. Using a cell phone, blackberry or other electronic device can be hazardous while driving and should be avoided and you should also avoid playing games from in public places as you’ll lose focus of what’s surrounding you.


A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted by either a blood clot blocking an artery or a blood vessel breaking. Under these conditions, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. Brain damage from a stroke can lead to a loss of abilities, including speech, movement and memory.


In 2004, more than 58,000 men died of stroke (American Heart Association).
About 700,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the United States each year and more than 150,000 of these people die (American Heart Association).
About 5.7 million U.S. stroke survivors are alive today, many with permanent stroke-related disabilities (American Heart Association).

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Lung Diseases)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term physicians use to refer to two lung diseases – chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The diseases frequently exist together and both are conditions that cause a blockage of airflow that interferes with normal breathing.


In 2003, 60,714 men died of COPD. (American Lung Association)
Between 80 percent and 90 percent of COPD deaths are caused by smoking. Men who smoke are nearly 12 times as likely to die from COPD as men who have never smoked. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

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