This is a list of the most common causes of human deaths worldwide in the year 2002. It is arranged in order of their associated mortality rates.

Cause of death % of deaths
All causes 100.00
Cardiovascular diseases 29.34
Infectious and parasitic diseases 23.04
Ischemic heart disease 12.64
Cancer (malignant neoplasms 12.49
Cerebovascular disease (stroke) 9.66
Respiratory infections 6.95
Lower respiratory tract infections 6.81
Respiratory diseases 6.49
Unintentional injuries 6.23
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 4.82
Perinatal conditions 4.32
Digestive diseases 3.45
Diarrheal diseases 3.15
Intentional injuries 2.84
Tuberculosis 2.75
Malaria 2.23
Lung cancers 2.18
Road traffic accidents 2.09
Childhood diseases 1.97
Neuropsychiatric diseases 1.95
Diabetes mellitus 1.73
Hypertensive heart disease 1.60
Suicide 1.53
Stomach cancer 1.49
Diseases of the genitourinary system 1.49
Cirrhosis of the liver 1.38
Nephritis/Nephropathy 1.19

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