Leading Causes of Death by Race
Los Angeles County, 2003

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 61,026 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 16,320 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 4,249 8 2. Homicide
3. Lung cancer 3,150 5 3. Motor vehicle crash
4. Emphysema 2,796 13 4. Suicide
5. Pneumonia & influenza 2,419 18 5. Lung cancer
6. Diabetes 2,178 9 6. Drug overdose
7. Colorectal cancer 1,450 12 7. Liver disease
8. Alzheimer's disease 1,285 51 8. Stroke
9. Breast cancer 1,084 11 9. Diabetes
10. Homicide 1,066 2 10. HIV

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 34,105 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 10,003 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 2,441 9 2. Lung cancer
3. Emphysema 1,989 7 3. Suicide
4. Lung cancer 1,942 2 4. Drug overdose
5. Pneumonia & influenza 1,475 17 5. Motor vehicle crash
6. Alzheimer's disease 957 46 6. Liver disease
7. Diabetes 835 10 7. Emphysema
8. Colorectal cancer 824 12 8. Breast cancer
9. Breast cancer 576 8 9. Stroke
10. Pancreatic cancer 462 16 10. Diabetes

HISPANIC

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 12,803 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 2,632 3 1. Homicide
2. Stroke 755 6 2. Motor vehicle crash
3. Diabetes 719 5 3. Coronary heart disease
4. Homicide 520 1 4. Liver disease
5. Liver disease 498 4 5. Diabetes
6. Motor vehicle crash 418 2 6. Stroke
7. Pneumonia & influenza 411 19 7. Suicide
8. Lung cancer 381 13 8. Drug overdose
9. Emphysema 311 29 9. HIV
10. Breast cancer 243 10 10. Breast 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 8,517 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 2,269 2 1. Homicide
2. Stroke 584 5 2. Coronary heart disease
3. Lung cancer 451 4 3. HIV
4. Diabetes 378 7 4. Lung cancer
5. Homicide 369 1 5. Stroke
6. Emphysema 287 12 6. Motor vehicle crash
7. Pneumonia & influenza 271 17 7. Diabetes
8. Colorectal cancer 211 10 8. Drug overdose
9. Breast cancer 161 9 9. Breast cancer
10. High blood pressure & related kidney disease 159 16 10. Colorectal cancer

ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER

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 5,352 --- ---
1. Coronary heart disease 1,352 1 1. Coronary heart disease
2. Stroke 462 6 2. Lung cancer
3. Lung cancer 367 2 3. Motor vehicle crash
4. Pneumonia & influenza 250 17 4. Homicide
5. Diabetes 233 10 5. Suicide
6. Emphysema 198 32 6. Stroke
7. Colorectal cancer 170 8 7. Breast cancer
8. Liver cancer 157 9 8. Colorectal cancer
9. Stomach cancer 107 11 9. Liver cancer
10. Breast cancer 102 7 10. Diabetes

* Death prior to age 75

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health