30 of the Top Leading Causes of Death in the World


2. Cancer

Cancer is another major cause of death worldwide, even surpassing heart disease in some countries. Japan has a staggeringly high rate of stomach cancer deaths, while other countries experience high rates of lung and other cancer deaths. The risk factors for cancers vary significantly by the type of cancer, but in general smoking, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute to cancer rates.

To lower your risk, stop smoking or vaping, limit alcohol use, get the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine, eat a diet high in fiber and fruits and vegetables, wear sunscreen, and have regular check-ups with your primary care physician.