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Top 10 Causes of Death for Women in the United States‡

The graph below shows how breast cancer compares to other common causes of death in women of all ages.

Top 10 causes of death for women in the United States.

The graph shows that the top 10 causes of death for women in the United States are:

1 Diseases of heart 329,238
2 Cerebrovascular diseases 86,993
3 Lung and bronchus cancer 69,078
4 Chronic lower respiratory disease 68,497
5 Alzheimer's disease 51,039
6 Accidents (unintentional injury) 41,426
7 Breast cancer 41,116
8 Diabetes mellitus 38,581
9 Influenza and pneumonia 34,949
10 Colorectal cancer 26,224

‡Source: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.govExternal Web Site Icon) SEER*Stat Database: Mortality – All COD, Public-Use with State, Total U.S. (1969–2005), National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Surveillance Research Program, Cancer Statistics Branch, released February 2008. Underlying mortality data provided by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack*

The five major symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.
*Above Signs and Symptoms were reported by CDC.

Other Signs and Symptoms you could develop before the above symptoms include:*

  • Heat sensation of face
  • Unable to stop laughing
  • Leg edema
  • Heat sensation of body
  • Thirst/Dryness of Throat
  • Constipation
  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Valvular Disease of Heart
  • Insomnia
  • Frighten Easily
  • Palpitation
  • Bed Wetting
  • Ganacratia
  • Frequent Urination
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Stomach Ache
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Tinnitus
  • Low Back Pain
  • Weakness of Lower Extremities
  • Jaundice(eyes)
  • Hypochondriac pain
  • Heat Sensation of Palm of Hands
*Above Signs and Symptoms were in ancient textbook of Heart Disease.

Symptoms of Stroke*

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes these major signs of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone is having a stroke, you should call 911 immediately.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer*

Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer. Some people don't have any symptoms at all. About 25% of people with lung cancer do not have symptoms from advanced cancer when their lung cancer is found.1 Lung cancer symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Coughing that doesn't go away.
  • Wheezing.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Chest pain.

Other changes that can sometimes occur with lung cancer may include repeated bouts of pneumonia, changes in the shape of the fingertips, and swollen or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) in the upper chest and lower neck.

These symptoms can happen with other illnesses, too. People with symptoms should talk to their doctor, especially if they smoke, but even if they don't. Doctors can help find the cause.2 3

1Humphrey LL, Teutsch S, Johnson MS. Lung cancer screening with sputum cytologic examination, chest radiography, and computed tomography: An update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.External Web Site Icon Annals of Internal Medicine 2004;140:740–753.

2Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Chapter 88: Neoplasms of the lung. Clinical Manifestations. P.3. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2008.

3Beckles MA, Spiro SG, Colice GL, Rudd RM. Initial evaluation of the patient with lung cancer: Symptoms, signs, laboratory tests and paraneoplastic syndromes.External Web Site Icon Chest 2003;123:97S–104S.

Other Signs and Symptoms you could develop before the above symptoms include:*

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Thirst
  • Chest & Back pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Sore Throat
  • Migraine Headache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Nose Bleeding
  • Hip Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Mouth
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Rough Skin
  • Pale Face
  • Nervousness
  • Hyperthyroid
  • Indigestion
  • Frequent Yawning
  • Irregular Bowl movement
*Above Signs and Symptoms were in ancient textbook of Lung Disease.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease*

Some change in memory is normal as we grow older, but the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are more than simple memory lapses. According to the National Institute on Aging, someone with Alzheimer's disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Has difficulty with new learning and making new memories.
  • Has trouble finding words - may substitute or make up words that sound like or mean something like the forgotten word.
  • Loses spark or zest for life - does not start anything.
  • Loses recent memory without a change in appearance or casual conversation.
  • Loses judgment about money.
  • Has shorter attention span and less motivation to stay with an activity.
  • Easily loses way going to familiar places.
  • Resists change or new things.
  • Has trouble organizing and thinking logically.
  • Asks repetitive questions.
  • Withdraws, loses interest, is irritable and not as sensitive to others' feelings, is uncharacteristically angry when frustrated or tired.
  • Takes longer to do routine chores and becomes upset if rushed or if something unexpected happens.
*Above Signs and Symptoms were reported by CDC.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer*

Different people have different warning signs for breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. A person may find out they have breast cancer after a routine mammogram.

Some warning signs1 of breast cancer are—

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that some of these warning signs can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.

1Osteen, R. Breast Cancer. In: Lenhard RE, Osteen RT, Gansler R, eds. Clinical Oncology. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2001:251–268.

Symptoms of Diabetes*
  • being very thirsty
  • urinating a lot
  • feeling very hungry
  • feeling very tired
  • losing weight without trying
  • having sores that are slow to heal
  • having dry, itchy skin
  • losing feeling in or having tingling in the hands or feet
  • having blurry vision
  • having more infections than usual
*Above Signs and Symptoms were reported by CDC.

Symptoms of Pneumonia*
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid Breathing or Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Chest Pain
*Above Signs and Symptoms were reported by CDC.
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer*
  • Blood In or On Your Stool
  • Stomach aches, pain, cramps
  • Weight Lost without reason
*Above Signs and Symptoms were reported by CDC.

Other Signs and Symptoms you could develop before the above symptoms include:*

  • Frontal Headache
  • Shoulder & Neck Pain
  • Toothache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Knee Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Cold
  • Hypersensitivity/Nervousness
*Above Signs and Symptoms were in ancient textbook of Large Intestine Disease.

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