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HEALTH STATUS - Leading Causes of Death
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Leading Causes of Death
Age Differences: The distribution of deaths by cause of death varies with the age group examined. For example, younger age groups are affected more by motor vehicle collisions. Older age groups are affected more by chronic diseases. Prevention and early detection of some chronic diseases can reduce both mortality and morbidity rates. Public education campaigns and community outreach may help to reduce unintentional injuries and motor vehicle collisions.

Leading Causes of Death: The top three causes of death (ranked by deaths per 100,000 population) in 2006 were heart disease, cancer, and stroke. When looking at age groups, the following distinctions are evident:
  • Motor vehicle accidents and suicide are leading causes of death in late teenage through early adult groups (18-34 years).
  • Cancer is a leading causes of death for all groups aged 35 and older.
  • Heart disease is a leading cause of death for all groups aged 25 and older.
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular disease) is a leading cause of death for age groups 65 and older.

Note: Unintentional injury excludes motor vehicle injury.


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.