Number of deaths for leading causes of death: Heart disease: 635,260. Cancer: 598,038. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 161,374. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 154,596. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 142,142. Alzheimer’s disease: 116,103. Diabetes: 80,058.What is the leading cause of death?
In the United States, heart disease has traditionally topped the list as the leading cause of death for both men and women. It is currently responsible for around 1 in 4 deaths. However, experts have been wondering when cancer will overtake it.