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50 Most Common Causes Of Death

The most common ways to die probably won't surprise you - many of us have loved ones who were claimed by cancer, heart disease, or other terminal illness. This is a list of the 50 leading causes of death in the world for both men and women, including both natural and unnatural causes. From stroke to heart attack to shark attack, these are the ways most people die. 

What are the most common causes of death? The number one cause of death is cardiovascular disease, which kills more Americans than cancer each year. Do you often wonder how your life is going to end? What is the chances you are going to have a painless, quick death? There are obviously many different ways to die, and you never can tell for certain how you are going to go, but this list gives you the most probable causes of death. After you read this list, try not to get too hung up on it. After all, we are all going one way or another. 

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    Cardiovascular disease is a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels. Common CVDs include: ischemic heart disease, stroke, hypertensive heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, aortic aneurysms, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation, congenital heart disease, endocarditis, and peripheral ... more on Wikipedia
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    A sudden, nonconvulsive loss of neurologic function due to an ischemic or hemorrhagic intracranial vascular event. In general, cerebrovascular accidents are classified by anatomic location in the brain, vascular distribution, etiology, age of the affected individual, and hemorrhagic vs. nonhemorrhagic ... more on Wikipedia
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    Lower respiratory tract infection, while often used as a synonym for pneumonia, can also be applied to other types of infection including lung abscess and acute bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue. There are a number of infections that can affect the ... more on Wikipedia
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    Respiratory disease is a medical term that encompasses pathological conditions affecting the organs and tissues that make gas exchange possible in higher organisms, and includes conditions of the upper respiratory tract, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, pleura and pleural cavity, and the nerves ... more on Wikipedia
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    Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. Following initial infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged ... more on Wikipedia
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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as chronic obstructive lung disease, and chronic obstructive airway disease, among others, is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow. It typically worsens over time. The main symptoms include shortness of breath, ... more on Wikipedia
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    Tuberculosis, MTB, or TB, in the past also called phthisis, phthisis pulmonalis, or consumption, is a widespread, and in many cases fatal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs, but can also affect other ... more on Wikipedia
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    Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans belonging to the genus Plasmodium. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, fatigue, vomiting and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma or death. The ... more on Wikipedia
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    Lung cancer, also known as carcinoma of the lung or pulmonary carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumor characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung by process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body. Most ... more on Wikipedia
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    Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many ... more on Wikipedia
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    Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Suicide is often carried out as a result of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Stress ... more on Wikipedia
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    Stomach cancer or gastric cancer is cancer developing from the lining of the stomach. Early symptoms may include heartburn, upper abdominal pain, nausea and loss of appetite. Later signs and symptoms may include weight loss, yellow skin, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and blood in the stool among ... more on Wikipedia
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    Cirrhosis is a result of advanced liver disease. It is characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis and regenerative nodules. These changes lead to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and fatty liver disease, but has many ... more on Wikipedia
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    Nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys and may involve the glomeruli, tubules, or interstitial tissue surrounding the glomeruli and tubules. The term nephritis is derived from the Greek word for kidney, νεφρός. more on Wikipedia
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    A cancer arising from the epithelial cells that line the lumen of the colon. more on Wikipedia
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    Liver tumors or hepatic tumors are tumors or growths on or in the liver. Several distinct types of tumors can develop in the liver because the liver is made up of various cell types. These growths can be benign or malignant. They may be discovered on medical imaging, or may be present in patients as an ... more on Wikipedia
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    Measles, also known as morbilli, rubeola, or red measles, is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus. Initial signs and symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Two or three days after the start of symptoms small white spots may form ... more on Wikipedia
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    Congenital heart defect or congenital heart anomaly is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth. Many types of heart defects exist, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal ... more on Wikipedia
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    Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen ... more on Wikipedia
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