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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Females Aged 15–44 Years, by the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 1999, 2014

The age-adjusted death rate for females aged 15–44 years was 5% lower in 2014 (82.1 per 100,000 population) than in 1999 (86.5).

Among the five leading causes of death, the age-adjusted rates of three were lower in 2014 than in 1999: cancer (from 19.6 to 15.3, a 22% decline), heart disease (8.9 to 8.2, an 8% decline), and homicide (4.2 to 2.8, a 33% decline).

The age-adjusted death rates for two of the five causes were higher in 2014 than in 1999: unintentional injuries (from 17.0 to 20.1, an 18% increase) and suicide (4.8 to 6.5, a 35% increase).

Unintentional injuries replaced cancer as the leading cause of death in this demographic group.
[CDC MMWR Weekly / July 1, 2016 / 65(25);659: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 1999 and 2014, Mortality; http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6525a6.htm?s_cid=mm6525a6_e ]