Leading Causes of death in South Africa

According to the latest WHO data published in 2017; Causes of death in South Africa, demographic summary, health risks, cancer rank by type, world rankings, health profile in South Africa. What is the leading cause of death in South Africa?

Causes of Death


per 100,000 population POOR GOOD
CAUSES Rate World Rank Deaths (%)
HIV/AIDS 273.12 5 138,157 (27.55%)
Coronary Heart Disease 114.02 95 40,729 (8.12%)
Stroke 93.76 78 32,958 (6.57%)
Influenza and Pneumonia 86.33 46 35,331 (7.04%)
Diabetes Mellitus 86.02 13 31,831 (6.35%)
Tuberculosis 59.33 24 25,264 (5.04%)
Lung Disease 44.30 16 15,479 (3.09%)
Prostate Cancer 35.07 21 4,151 (0.83%)
Hypertension 30.73 23 10,994 (2.19%)
Diarrhoeal diseases 29.47 47 12,761 (2.54%)
Violence 25.69 14 14,288 (2.85%)
Kidney Disease 25.47 38 9,527 (1.90%)
Road Traffic Accidents 22.46 68 11,632 (2.32%)
Cervical Cancer 20.99 32 5,054 (1.01%)
Lung Cancers 20.75 57 7,881 (1.57%)
Breast Cancer 20.75 51 4,936 (0.98%)
Inflammatory/Heart 14.65 12 5,755 (1.15%)
Asthma 13.61 38 5,188 (1.03%)
Alzheimers/Dementia 13.28 133 4,435 (0.88%)
Liver Disease 12.56 106 5,084 (1.01%)
Suicide 12.13 60 5,854 (1.17%)
Endocrine Disorders 11.62 36 5,210 (1.04%)
Oesophagus Cancer 10.53 15 3,992 (0.80%)
Colon-Rectum Cancers 10.45 72 3,930 (0.78%)
Epilepsy 8.73 6 3,982 (0.79%)
Low Birth Weight 8.45 82 5,119 (1.02%)
Lymphomas 8.06 15 3,508 (0.70%)
Congenital Anomalies 7.65 106 4,379 (0.87%)
Other Injuries 6.58 114 3,235 (0.65%)
Pancreas Cancer 6.04 51 2,256 (0.45%)
Ovary Cancer 5.65 48 1,332 (0.27%)
Liver Cancer 5.60 87 2,217 (0.44%)
Malnutrition 5.38 56 2,889 (0.58%)
Skin Disease 5.13 23 1,970 (0.39%)
Birth Trauma 4.92 79 2,980 (0.59%)
Fires 4.91 45 2,256 (0.45%)
Meningitis 4.79 49 2,309 (0.46%)
Stomach Cancer 4.69 113 1,794 (0.36%)
Skin Cancers 4.48 4 1,659 (0.33%)
Peptic Ulcer Disease 4.24 72 1,544 (0.31%)
Oral Cancer 3.92 69 1,569 (0.31%)
Leukemia 3.76 101 1,555 (0.31%)
Rheumatic Heart Disease 3.70 62 1,438 (0.29%)
Drownings 3.49 97 1,775 (0.35%)
Falls 3.09 137 1,171 (0.23%)
Other Neoplasms 2.61 95 1,041 (0.21%)
Maternal Conditions 2.61 70 1,483 (0.30%)
Uterin Cancer 2.31 82 (0.00%)
Bladder Cancer 2.27 77 825 (0.16%)
Parkinson's Disease 1.72 52 (0.00%)

Demographic Summary

South Africa
Value World Rank
Population total 54,841,552 25
Sex ratio m / f 0.98 106
Population 0-14 28.3% 78
Population 15-64 66.1% 80
Population 65 + 5.7% 106

Health Risks Factors


per 100,000 population POOR GOOD
Total World Rank
Alcohol Liters 9.3 51
Male Female World Rank
Smoking Percent 31.4 6.5 69 / 70
Male Female World Rank
Obesity Percent 15.4 39.6 105 / 18
Total World Rank
Happiness Score 4.72 100

Cancer Rank By Type


per 100,000 population POOR GOOD
CAUSES Rate World Rank
Prostate Cancer 35.07 21
Cervical Cancer 20.99 32
Lung Cancers 20.75 57
Breast Cancer 20.75 51
Oesophagus Cancer 10.53 15
Colon-Rectum Cancers 10.45 72
Pancreas Cancer 6.04 51
Ovary Cancer 5.65 48
Liver Cancer 5.60 87
Stomach Cancer 4.69 113
Skin Cancers 4.48 4
Oral Cancer 3.92 69
Uterin Cancer 2.31 82
Bladder Cancer 2.27 77

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Health Data used is WHO 2014, 2017 updates, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
We do not guarantee the accuracy of this data.