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Deaths: Preliminary data for 2004

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    • Based on preliminary data from 2004, the top 15 causes of death in the United States in 2004 were: 1. Disease of the heart – 654,092 deaths 2. Malignant neoplasms – 550-270…  
    • In 2004, Alzheimer’s moved from the eigth leading cause of death to the seventh–overtaking influenza and pneumonia.  
    • Based on preliminary data, diabetes mellitus was the sixth leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 72,815 deaths.  
    • The gender gap for longevity
      The gender gap for longevity continued to close in 2004. The difference between male and female life expectancy was 5.2 years – the smallest gap since 1946.  
    • Life expectancy at birth in 2004
      In 2004, the life expectancy at birth reached an all-time high of 77.9 years – 75.2 for men and 80.4 for women.  
    • According to preliminary data, Parkinson’s disease was the 14th leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 18,018 deaths.  
    • Based on preliminary data, Alzheimer’s disease was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 65,829 deaths.  
    • Based on preliminary data, cancer (malignant neoplasms) was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 550,270 deaths – ~23% of all deaths.