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Leading Causes of Death
By Race/Ethnicity
Los Angeles County, 2012

TOTAL POPULATION

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 58,498 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 11,677 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 3,360 9 2. Homicide
3. Lung cancer 2,809 9 3. Motor vehicle crash
4. COPD 2,646 12 4. Liver disease
5. Alzheimer's disease 2,419 41 5. Suicide
6. Diabetes 2,204 8 6. Drug overdose
7. Pneumonia / influenza 2,048/td> 20 7. Lung cancer
8. Colorectal cancer 1,397 11 8. Diabetes
9. Liver disease / cirrhosis 1,275 4 9. Stroke
10. Hypertension 1,242 21 10. Breast cancer

WHITE

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 29,123 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 6,298 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. COPD 1,709 9 2. Drug overdose
3. Alzheimer's disease 1,605 38 3. Suicide
4. Lung cancer 1,563 4 4. Lung cancer
5. Stroke 1,543 11 5. Liver disease / cirrhosis
6. Pneumonia / influenza 965 15 6. Motor vehicle crash
7. Diabetes 736 8 7. Breast cancer
8. Colorectal cancer 606 10 8. Diabetes
9. Breast cancer 597 7 9. COPD
10. Hypertension 587 20 10. Colorectal cancer

HISPANIC OR LATINO

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 14,467 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 2,383 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 854 7 2. Homicide
3. Diabetes 824 5 3. Motor vehicle crash
4. Liver disease / cirrhosis 672 4 4. Liver disease / cirrhosis
5. Alzheimer’s disease 423 46 5. Diabetes
6. Pneumonia / influenza 419 24 6. Suicide
7. Lung cancer 393 13 7. Stroke
8. COPD 368 27 8. Drug overdose
9. Colorectal cancer 345 10 9. Breast cancer
10. Motor vehicle crash 317 3 10. Colorectal cancer

BLACK

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 7,644 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 1,583 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 418 6 2. Homicide
3. Lung cancer 414 3 3. Lung cancer
4. Diabetes 345 4 4. Diabetes
5. COPD 304 13 5. Stroke
6. Pneumonia / influenza 245 17 6. Motor vehicle crash
7. Colorectal cancer 221 7 7. Colorectal cancer
8. Alzheimer’s disease 221 47 8. Drug overdose
9. Homicide 199 2 9. Breast cancer
10. Hypertension 186 14 10. Suicide

ASIAN

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 6,783 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 1,301 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 513 3 2. Lung cancer
3. Lung cancer 411 2 3. Stroke
4. Pneumonia / influenza 395 20 4. Suicide
5. Diabetes 273 10 5. Colorectal cancer
6. COPD 241 30 6. Breast cancer
7. Colorectal cancer 216 5 7. Motor vehicle crash
8. Alzheimer’s disease 216 47 8. Liver cancer
9. Liver cancer 180 8 9. Stomach cancer
10. Pancreatic cancer 159 12 10. Diabetes

NATIVE HAWAIIAN & OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS

NOTE: Because of the small number of deaths for Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders, the number of deaths in this group for 2011 and 2012 were combined.

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 347 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 84 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 26 2 2. Stroke
3. Lung cancer 21 5 3. Motor vehicle crash
4. Pneumonia / influenza 395 20 4. Suicide
5. Pneumonia / influenza 13 12 4. Lung cancer
6. Nephritis 9 14 6. Diabetes
7. Motor vehicle crash 7 3 7. Uterine cancer
8. Uterine cancer 7 7 8. Suicide
9. Colorectal cancer 6 9 9. Colorectal cancer
10. Alzheimer’s disease 6 39 10. Pancreatic cance

AMERICAN INDIAN & ALASKA NATIVE

NOTE: Because of the small number of deaths for American Indians and Alaska Natives, the number of deaths in this group for 2011 and 2012 were combined.

Leading Causes of Death
(Overall Numbers)
Leading Causes of Premature* Death - Rank & Cause of Death
Rank & Cause of Death Number of Deaths Premature Death Rank
Total deaths, all causes 344 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 68 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Diabetes 23 6 2. Liver cancer / cirrhosis
3. Stroke 21 11 3. Drug Overdose
4. Lung Cancer 19 7 4. Motor vehicle crash
5. COPD 15 9 5. Suicide
6. Pneumonia / influenza 14 16 6. Diabetes
7. Liver cancer / cirrhosis 12 16 7. Lung cancer
8. Hypertension 11 12 8. Birth defect
9. Alzheimer’s disease 9 32 9. COPD
10. Drug Overdose 8 3 10. Homicide

* Death prior to age 75

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health