Why do mortality statistics matter? National mortality statistics – that is, facts about who dies when and how in a given country – matter in part because they are a measure of the health of a nation’s people, and accordingly they help determine where more money and effort should be directed (and not directed) to reduce death rates. Such statistics also matter because they can give individuals a better sense of the greatest threats to their lives, and the lives of those around them.

1. What cause kills the most people in the United States every year?


2. What is the second greatest cause of death among U.S. residents?


3. Which of the following is not among the top ten killers in the United States?


4. What is the leading cause of death among U.S. residents age 1 to 44?


5. What is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States?