A new website lets you figure out how you might die, by sorting death data by cause of death, sex, and age. For American males ages 20-29, the most common cause of death is accidents (40.2 percent of deaths), followed by homicide (17.5 percent), and suicide (11.7 percent). Urinary tract infections? 0.3 percent.
The Death Risk Rankings site was compiled by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and seems to have about a zillion ways to organize the data. It's quite cumbersome to use, so I'm going to save you the effort.
I generated tables for cause of death by age group and by sex. Here's some of the highlights and a cheat sheet on how to find your own data.
For American females, ages 20-29, the most common cause of death is still accidents (32.3 percent), followed by cancer and homicide. Are women dying more from cancer than men? No. Looking at the the raw numbers, deaths from cancer are about the same between the ladies and the gents, but the women aren't getting murdered or having deadly accidents to nearly the same extent.
The trends on my charts seem to make sense. Young people dying of accidents and murder; older people dying of cancer and heart attacks. But some of it is creepy, like knowing that if I were to die this year, there's a 5.1percent chance it would be from an infection or parasite. Yeech.
PS: If you just want to know the date you're most likely to die, just Google "when will I die." A bunch of rough death calculators will run the stats on your age, sex, and a couple of health factors and spit out the engraving for your tombstone.
How I found this data, a cheat sheet.
1) Set Step 1 to "Causes of Death"
2) Set Step 2 to "Age Categories"
3) Set Step 3 to your sex and nationality. (You can also refine by your state and race, if you wish.)
4) Step 4: Submit
5) Under "Causes of Death across Age Categories", go to "Pick a Metric to Display" in the lower right-hand column and click the radio-button for "% of Deaths" or "# of Deaths."
Anyone else find some interesting trends or disparities?
The stats are based on 104 deaths. not very acurate if you ask me. so really i'm not all that likley to commit suicide they just got unlucky and 1 out of the 14 people the checked did.
I'm roughly projected to live until 2060. I grew up on the nintendo, and i'm still constantly amazed by technological growth. I talk to kids sometimes and they take all these things for granted. How times change and i'm only 22!
Someday we'll live to see people land on mars; but i'll never trust magazine predictions of the future. I wish we had half the things people predicted in 2000 that we'd have by 2009!
this is a better than most ones.....I HATE the way on these clocks add "unpredictable" event such as car crashes...in school in one of those stupid health classes you were to enter wether you wore your seatbelt!! I take this quiz to find out my HEALTH level, not if im gonna die in 20 years because I live in an area prone to tornados, insane and pointless.
I'm not sure where you got the information that the stats were based on 104 deaths....The site indicated that calculations include all deaths from 1968-2006 and are based on records for all deaths occurring in the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Perhaps you are understanding the table?
Unless the site includes a way to avoid death altogether, I can't see the benefit.
"Oh gee, I just turned 68 and I'm a white male, I have a xx% chance of croaking this year from disease x and a yy% chance of croaking from disease y."
Well, that's helpful info. I try to live a reasonably healthy life -- that's all I can do. Going to this site would probably turn me into a hypochondriac.
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