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Table 2 Based on Minnesota death records (n = 326,332) from 1990–1998. Top 25 causes of death ranked by underlying and any mention cause of death. Top 25 causes of death for only those deaths where only one cause was listed (i.e. n = 101,423 deaths).

From: Factors associated with reporting multiple causes of death

  ranked by underlying cause number of deaths with underlying cause % all deaths rankeded by any mention number of deaths with cause mentioned % all deaths ranked by cause when only one cause mentioned number of deaths with cause as only one cause % of deaths with only one cause mentioned
1 Ischemic Heart Disease 61540 0.1886 Other diseases of the Heart 88502 0.2712 Ischemic Heart Disease 13753 0.1356
2 Cerebrovascular Disease 26413 0.0809 Ischemic Heart Disease 79833 0.2446 Other diseases of the Heart 8862 0.0874
3 Other diseases of the Heart 22566 0.0692 Cerebrovascular Disease 43885 0.1345 MN of Trachea, Bronchus & Lung 8157 0.0804
4 MN of Trachea, Bronchus & Lung 18476 0.0566 Symptoms & ill-defined conditions 42196 0.1293 Cerebrovascular Disease 7602 0.0750
5 Pneumonia – except newborn 12465 0.0382 Other mental disorders 38565 0.1182 Symptoms & ill-defined conditions 6459 0.0637
6 Other COPD 11114 0.0341 Pneumonia – except newborn 31312 0.0960 Other mental disorders 3494 0.0345
7 Other mental disorders 10120 0.0310 Diabetes mellitus 27181 0.0833 MN of Breast 3360 0.0331
8 Diabetes mellitus 7959 0.0244 Hypertension without heart disease 26036 0.0798 MN of Intestine, not rectum 3218 0.0317
9 MN of Intestine, not rectum 7388 0.0226 Other COPD 25872 0.0793 Pneumonia – except newborn 3131 0.0309
10 Diseases of the arteries, veins & pulmonary circulation 7181 0.0220 MN of Trachea, Bronchus & Lung 19896 0.0610 MN of Other & unspecified sites 3042 0.0300
11 MN of Breast 6646 0.0204 MN of Other & unspecified sites 19386 0.0594 MN of Prostate 2380 0.0235
12 Symptoms & ill-defined conditions 6488 0.0199 Diseases of the arteries, veins & pulmonary circulation 19180 0.0588 Other COPD 2332 0.0230
13 Transportation accidents – Motor Vehicle 5809 0.0178 Other diseases of the digestive system 17943 0.0550 MN of Pancreas 2313 0.0228
14 Other diseases of the digestive system 5777 0.0177 Pneumoconiosis & other resp. Diseases 17728 0.0543 Diseases of arteries, veins & pulmonary circulation 1758 0.0173
15 Other disease of the Nervous System and Sense Organs 5714 0.0175 Other disease of the Nervous System & Sense Organs 16799 0.0515 Other Neoplasms of lymphatic & Hematopoietic tissue 1701 0.0168
16 MN of Prostate 5669 0.0174 Chronic and Unspec. Nephritis & renal failure & renal sclerosis 16065 0.0492 Alzeimer Disease 1536 0.0151
17 MN of Other & unspecified sites 5504 0.0169 Arteriosclerosis 13879 0.0425 Other disease of the Nervous System & Sense Organs 1477 0.0146
18 Suicide 4435 0.0136 Transportation accidents – Motor Vehicle 10367 0.0318 Residual, Undefined 1300 0.0128
19 MN of Pancreas 4136 0.0127 Medical complications & misadventures 10299 0.0316 MN of Brain, other nervous 1292 0.0127
20 Residual, Undefined 4135 0.0127 MN of Intestine, not rectum 9116 0.0279 Leukemia, & Aleukemia 1271 0.0125
21 Pneumoconiosis & other resp. Diseases 4028 0.0123 Septicemia 8790 0.0269 Perinatal conditions 1206 0.0119
22 Accidental falls 4010 0.0123 Suicide 8740 0.0268 MN of Ovary, Fallopian tube, Broad ligament 1124 0.0111
23 Alzeimer Disease 3757 0.0115 MN of Breast 8704 0.0267 Other diseases of the digestive system 1079 0.0106
24 Other Neoplasms of lymphatic & Hematopoietic tissue 3584 0.0110 Other genito-urinary disease 8382 0.0257 Suicide 990 0.0098
25 Leukemia, & Aleukemia 3440 0.0105 MN of Prostate 8369 0.0256 MN of Kidney 955 0.0094