Deaths to teenagers years comprise a small fraction of the total deaths occurring each year in the United States. From to less than 1 percent 0. This represents an average of 16, deaths per year for this group. Teenage mortality is an important public health issue because the majority of deaths among teenagers are caused by external causes of injury such as accidents, homicide, and suicide.
These causes of death are, by definition, preventable. Each year from tothe annual death rate for teenagers has averaged However, the risk of dying is not distributed evenly among all teenagers. Male teenagers are more likely to die than female teenagers at every single year of age from 12 to 19 years, and older teenagers Girls sex teen five at higher risk of dying than younger teenagers. At age 12, for example, the death rate for males At age 19 the death rate for males Among teenagers years, death rates increase with every additional year of age.
This pattern is stronger for males.
Starting at age 12 and ending at 19 years, the death rate among teenage males increases Girls sex teen five percent on average for every additional year of age. For females, on the other hand, the death rate increases on average The leading causes of death for the teenage population remained constant throughout the period Accidents unintentional injuries 48 percent of deathshomicide 13 percentsuicide 11 percentcancer 6 percentand heart disease 3 percent.
Motor vehicle accident accounted for almost three quarters 73 percent of all deaths from unintentional injury Figure 2. The death rate for teenagers years varies by sex, race, and Hispanic origin.
Non-Hispanic black teenagers are 37 percent more likely to die than Hispanic and non-Hispanic white teenagers. The death rate for non-Hispanic black teenagers is Among male and female teenagers, the death rate for non-Hispanic black male teenagers is the highest.
The death rate for non-Hispanic black male teenagers is Non-Hispanic black male teenagers are disproportionately affected by homicide. Homicide is the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic black male teenagers. The risk of dying from homicide among non-Hispanic black male teenagers From to Girls sex teen five, an average of 16, teenagers years died each year.
The overall risk of dying for teenagers average annual death rate is Accidents unintentional injurieshomicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease make up the five leading causes of death for teenagers. Motor vehicle fatality is the leading cause of accident death among teenagers, Girls sex teen five over one-third of all deaths to teenagers.
Non-Hispanic black teenage males have the highest death rate compared with Hispanic and non-Hispanic white males and females. Homicide is the leading cause of death for non-Hispanic black male teenagers, with more than two of every five deaths due to homicide. A measure of the individual risk of dying within a given population.
It is defined as the ratio of the number of deaths counted for a given population and within a given time period divided by the point estimate of the population at risk of dying. Denominator data necessary for computation of death rates are provided by the U.
Death rates are reported perpopulation.