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.
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The report, which was released Friday, is based on information from death certificates filed in all 50 states and Washington, D. Between and , the total death rate for young people aged 10 to 19 years old grew 12 percent, largely due to a significant increase in injury-related deaths, such as drug overdoses, homicides, car crashes and suicides. There wasn't just one that was contributing. Before , the total death rate among the same age group had declined 33 percent since According to the CDC, the substantial decline was due to the marked reduction in deaths for infectious diseases. Among the older age group, the injury death rate increased 19 percent between Non-injury deaths refer to natural causes of death, such as cancer or heart disease.
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CNN There has been a significant rise in accidental deaths, homicides and suicides among young people across the United States, and experts are calling it a wake-up call. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. The report, released Friday, revealed that this rise in deaths is attributable to injury-related deaths, such as traffic accident fatalities, drug overdoses, homicides and suicides, as opposed to illness, such as cancer or heart disease.
Suicides have become the second-leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States, surpassing homicide deaths, which dropped to third on the list see Figure 1. The teenage suicide rate increased from 8 deaths per , in to 8. Higher suicide rates are driven in part by changes in the method of suicide. Suffocation, which includes hanging and strangulation, and is highly lethal, increased as a method of suicide. A rising suicide rates among teenage girls is driving the higher overall suicide rate.