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Top 10 Leading Causes of Death in Asia (Updated)

Dwayne Johnson
Top 10 Leading Causes of Death in Asia (Updated)

When you think about it, death is an inevitable part of life. It’s something that happens to everyone, at some point in their lives. But how does death affect different parts of the world differently? That’s what this blog post is all about. In it, we take a look at the top 10 leading causes of death in Asia (and why they matter). We’ll show you how these deaths are affecting people on a regional and global scale, and provide you with tips on how to stay safe. Ready to fight back against these statistics? Read on!


Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Asia, accounting for more than one-third of all deaths in the region. The top five cancer-causing diseases in Asia are lung cancer, bowel cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. However, there is some good news: rates of most cancers are falling in Asian countries.

Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer in Asia, with around 430,000 cases registered each year. This is due to a combination of smoking and poor lifestyle choices such as eating a lot of processed foods and not getting enough exercise. B bowel cancer accounts for around 220,000 cases each year and is also caused by smoking and poor lifestyle choices. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in Asia (with around 240,000 cases registered each year) and this is partly due to the high rates of breastfeeding in many cultures. Ovarian cancer causes around 130,000 cases each year and this is due to the fact that women over 40 years old are more likely to develop this type of cancer. Prostatecancer causes around 100,000 cases each year and this is mainly due to prostate gland enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).

Heart Disease

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Asia, accounting for almost one third of all deaths in the region. This is according to a study published by The Lancet journal. In fact, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as heart attack and stroke accounted for 60% of all deaths from causes across the Asia-Pacific region in 2016. Despite this, there has been a significant decrease in CVD mortality rates between 1990 and 2016, with an estimated 33% decrease overall.

The most significant decreases have been seen in China (-58%), India (-47%) and Australia (-36%). However, despite these reductions, CVD still remains the leading cause of death globally. In fact, it is now responsible for more deaths than any other type of cancer across the world.

There are several risk factors for CVD including smoking, high blood pressure and obesity. Therefore, it is important that people make changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing these conditions.


According to a study by the World Health Organization, stroke is now the number one cause of death in Asia, accounting for more than one fourth of all deaths in the region. The top five causes of stroke-related death in Asia are ischemic heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes mellitus and renal failure.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide and kills more people than any other illness. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for successful outcomes. There are many risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. Individuals who have a history of strokes or heart disease are especially at risk for developing another one.

Kidney Disease

1. Kidney disease is the leading cause of death in Asia, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017. The report found that more than half a million people died from kidney disease in 2016, accounting for nearly 60% of all deaths from kidney diseases globally.

2. The most common form of kidney disease is nephritis, which affects the kidneys’ ability to function properly. Other forms of kidney disease include renal failure and end-stage renal disease.

3. Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Asia, followed by stroke and lung cancer. However, the WHO report found that deaths from heart diseases have been declining in recent years, while deaths from other causes have been increasing.

4. Epidemics such as hepatitis C and tuberculosis are also major killers in Asia, with liver cirrhosis being the most common fatal outcome from these infections.

Unintentional Injuries

1. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in Asia, accounting for nearly a third of all deaths. This is according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

2. The deadliest country in Asia for unintentional injuries is India, where they account for 48% of all deaths from this cause. Sri Lanka and China follow close behind with 35% and 33% of all deaths due to unintentional injuries, respectively.

3. The main causes of unintentional injuries include falls (especially from height), vehicle crashes, drownings, burns and poisoning. Around half of all deaths due to unintentional injury occur in people aged between 15 and 49 years old.

4. Reducing the incidence of unintentional injuries will require concerted action by governments, infrastructure providers and health care professionals across Asia. WHO has called on countries to implement safe operating practices for transport systems; create awareness about the dangers of Falls; ensure that essential medicines are available without compromising safety; improve access to quality early childhood education; and strengthen mental health services in order to reduce suicide rates.


According to the World Health Oragnization (WHO), the leading causes of death in Asia are:

1. Cardiovascular diseases: 38% of all deaths in Asia.

2. Cancer: 27% of all deaths in Asia.

3. Chronic respiratory diseases: 13% of all deaths in Asia.

4. Influenza and pneumonia: 8% of all deaths in Asia.

Liver Disease

1. Liver disease is the leading cause of death in Asians and constitutes about one-tenth of all deaths in the region. The main causes of liver disease are viral hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and alcohol abuse.

2. About 1.5 million people die from liver disease annually in Asia, accounting for about one-third of all deaths from infectious diseases. Viral hepatitis C is the most common cause of liver disease and accounts for almost half of all cases.

3. The incidence of liver cirrhosis has been increasing rapidly in Asia over the past few decades and it now represents a major problem, especially in China and India. There is a shortage of effective treatments for hepatic cirrhosis, which makes it a leading cause of death in these countries.

4. Alcohol abuse is also a major contributor to liver disease in Asia and accounts for about 30% of all cases of alcoholic liver cirrhosis. This problem is particularly severe in China and India, where more than half of all alcohol-related deaths occur.

Pancreas Disease

Pancreas diseases account for a significant number of deaths in Asia. Pancreatitis, the most common type of pancreatic disease, is a leading cause of death in both men and women in Asia. Other types of pancreatic diseases that are also deadly include chronic pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, and cancer of the pancreas.

Influenza and Pneumonia

Influenza and pneumonia are two of the leading causes of death in Asia. Influenza kills more people every year than any other disease, and pneumonia is a major cause of death from respiratory diseases. In fact, pneumonia is the number one killer of children under the age of five in Asia.

The viruses that cause influenza and pneumonia are highly contagious, and they can be spread through coughing and sneezing. People who are infected with these viruses may develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and chest pain. If left untreated, influenza can lead to serious health complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and even death. Pneumonia is a more severe form of the same virus that can be fatal if not treated quickly.

There are a number of ways to prevent both influenza and pneumonia from taking your life. You can avoid being exposed to the virus by avoiding close contact with people who are cold or who have been diagnosed with the virus. You can also take common precautions to prevent respiratory infection such as washing your hands regularly and avoiding contact with people who are sick. If you do fall ill with either influenza or pneumonia, seek medical attention immediately so that you can get treatment promptly and ensure your best possible chance for recovery.


As we move into the 21st century, more and more people are living longer than ever before. However, this longevity comes with a cost – according to the World Health Oragnization (WHO), the leading causes of death in Asia are cardiovascular diseases, followed by cancer. While there is still work to be done in order to reduce the number of deaths from these conditions, adopting proactive lifestyle habits such as eating a healthy diet and exercising can help put you on track for a long and healthy life.

Dwayne Johnson
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