Leading causes of death in 2004 -- According to the estimates in The World Health report 2004, there were 57 million deaths in the world in 2002. The broad category of all "non-communicable diseases" killed 33.5 million people; communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional conditions killed 18.3 million people worldwide; and external causes of injuries killed 5.2 million people

The following are the leading causes of death:

    1. Ischaemic heart disease 7.2 million
    2. Cerebrovascular disease 5.5 million
    3. Lower respiratory infections 3.9 million
    4. HIV/AIDS 2.8 million
    5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2.7 million
    6. Perinatal conditions 2.5 million
    7. Diarrhoeal diseases 1.8 million
    8. Tuberculosis 1.6 million
    9. Malaria 1.3 million
    10. Trachea, bronchus, lung cancers 1.2 million
    11. Road traffic accidents 1.2 million
    12. Diabetes mellitus 1 million

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