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Infographic: Leading Causes of Death for American Women (2010)

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Leading Causes of Death for American Women (2010)

Of the women who died in 2010, one in four women died from heart disease. It's the #1 killer of women. It strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age.

Cause of Death

  • Heart Disease: 290,305*
  • Cancer: 273,706*
  • Stroke: 77,109*
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 70,536*
  • Alzheimer's Disease: 58,130*
  • Diabetes: 33,581*

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Numbers of deaths are based off the most recent data available and rounded to the nearest tenth.

*National Vital Statistics System, Underlying Cause of Death on CDC Wonder Database

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Last Updated: March 8, 2013

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