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Most Deaths in Americans Under 30 Caused by Injuries

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

A recently published study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the leading causes of death in Americans under the age of 30. According to Reuters, the study concluded that most fatalities in that age group are injury- or violence-related.

Injuries and Violence Kill More than Disease

The CDC’s findings were published in the July edition of The Lancet. Lead author, Dr. Tamara Haegerich from the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, told Reuters, “What we found is that nearly 180,000 people die every year from injuries and violence in the U.S.” In fact, the study concluded that injuries and violence contribute to more deaths in people under 30 than cancer, heart disease, birth defects, stroke and diabetes combined.

Furthermore, the study reports:

  • In 2010, about 60 percent of injury- and violence-related fatalities were caused by unintentional injuries.
  • Of the 2010 unintentional injury deaths:

The study focused on the following causes of deaths: homicide and suicide, prescription drug overdoses, falls among the elderly, traumatic brain injury, and childhood injury.

Focus on Injury Prevention

The CDC researchers also looked at ways injuries could be prevented. For example, the study urged the promotion of safety devices such as car seats and seat belts. Studies have shown car seats can reduce the risk of child fatalities in a crash by 35 percent; seat belts can reduce fatalities and injuries by eight percent.

People are also encouraged to discuss injury prevention strategies with both their doctors and family members. Haegerich notes, “Injuries and violence are not inevitable. They can be prevented.”


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