Did You Know? The leading causes of death in Canada
According to Statistics Canada, there were 238,418 deaths in Canada in 2009, the latest year for which data are available. In that year:
• Cancer was the leading cause of death, responsible for 30% of deaths.
• Heart disease was the second leading cause of death, followed by stroke.
• Cancer, heart disease and stroke combined accounted for 56% of all deaths in 2009, which is down from 61% in 2000.
• For people aged one to 34, the leading causes of death were accidents and suicides.
• 3,890 deaths were attributed to suicide. While suicide is the ninth largest cause of death in Canadians over the age of 35, for people aged 15 to 34, it is the second largest cause of death, after accidents.
• From 2000 to 2009, age-standardized mortality rates declined for all 10 of the leading causes of death, with both heart disease and stroke reporting the largest relative decrease of 33%. Globally, the age-standardized mortality rate fell from 616 per 100,000 population to 515, a 16% decline.