Sex, Age, and Cause

Males incurred more deaths due to preventable injuries than females at all ages from birth to age 87 in 2020. The difference between the preventable injury-related death totals ranged from 19 more male deaths at age 9 to 1,677 more deaths at age 30. 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 29 at age 87 to as many as 419 at ages 95 and over.

From birth and for each year through age 98, 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 1999 to 2020 for the leading causes of preventable death.

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