What are your odds of dying from a specific cause?
Knowing the odds is the first step in beating them. However, not all risks faced in life can be accurately estimated. Here’s those odds according to the National Safety Council and Centers for Disease Control:
Heart disease: 1 in 6
Cancer: 1 in 7
Smoking-related: 1 in 9
Chronic respiratory disease: 1 in 26
Stroke: 1 in 28
Obesity-related: 1 in 35
Heavy drinking: 1 in 49
Suicide: 1 in 86
Breast cancer: 1 in 95
Opioid Overdose: 1 in 98
Prostate cancer: 1 in 133
Fall: 1 in 117
Assault: 1 in 211
Brain tumor: 1 in 298
Car accident: 1 in 106
Skin cancer: 1 in 457
Pedestrian accident: 1 in 541
Motorcycle accident: 1 in 890
Drowning: 1 in 1,121
Chocking on food: 1 in 2,618
Bicycle accident: 1 in 4,060
Airplane accident: 1 in 7,032
Sunstroke: 1 in 7,770
Flu: 1 in 9,410
Hornet, wasp, bee stings: 1 in 53,989
Lightning: 1 in 188,746
Legal execution: 1 in 96,691
Dog Attack: 118,776
Earthquake: 1 in 148,756
Fireworks discharge: 1 in 386,766
The rates are calculated using the cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates.
Lifetime odds are calculated by dividing the population by the number of deaths (creating one-year odds of death), and then, dividing that figure by the life expectancy of a person born today (77.9 years).
It’s notable that between 1903 and 1932, deaths were most prevalent among adults ages 25-44.
Beginning in the 1930s through the mid-1960s, deaths among older adults were dominant.
By the late 1960s through the 1970s, there was a significant increase in deaths among adolescents and young adults 15-24 years of age due to a rise in motor-vehicle crashes among young drivers.
Poisoning deaths began to significantly contribute to the increase in fatalities among 25- to 44-year-olds in the 1980s and among 45- to 64-year-olds starting in the 1990s. This increase was largely driven by opioid drugs.
The 1990s also saw an increase in deaths of adults 75 and older, reflecting an increase in fall-related deaths.
These trends continue to the present day. The current age distribution of deaths is dominated by the middle-age population, ages 25-64, driven by the opioid epidemic.
Among adults 75 and older, deaths are driven by falls.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.