The leading cause of death varies by age group and sex. While preventable injuries are the third leading cause of death among males, the rank drops to sixth among females.
For infants younger than 1, preventable injuries are the fifth leading cause of death, but they climb to the leading cause starting with the 1 to 4 age group all the way through the 35 to 44 age group. Throughout middle age and into older adulthood (45 to 54 and 55 to 64 age groups), preventable injuries become the third leading cause of death.
Natural causes of death become more prevalent and the rank of preventable injury-related deaths drops in older age. Among those in the 75 to 84 and 85 and older age groups, preventable injuries drop to the seventh leading cause of death.
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