Sex, Age, and Cause

Males incurred as many or more deaths due to preventable injuries than females at all ages from birth to age 86 in 2022. The difference between the preventable injury-related death totals ranged from an equal number of deaths at age 7 to 1,864 more deaths at age 33. The excess number of deaths for males was most evident from the mid-20s to the early-60s, when the gap begins to narrow. From age 87 on, deaths of females exceeded those of males by as little as 94 at age 87 to as many as 463 at ages 100 and older.

Throughout life, males have greater preventable injury death rates than females. Death rates for both sexes are lowest from birth until the mid-teen years, where rates rise rapidly. Rates then remain fairly constant until the early 70s, where they again rise steadily with increasing age.

Using the slider control at the top of this interactive chart, one can observe the changes in the number of fatalities during the period 2018 to 2022 for the leading causes of preventable death.
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Source: National Center for Health Statistics mortality data for 2022, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.