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HEALTH STATUS - Mortality
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Leading Causes of Death
Lower Mortality in Hawai`i: Hawai'i's mortality rates for major disease categories were lower than those for the United States as a whole in 2006.

Meeting the National Objective: Hawai'i's mortality rates for the major categories of disease have been close to or better than the "Healthy People 2010" objectives.1 The exception has been infant mortality rate, which was 27 percent higher than the "Healthy People 2010" objective in 2006, the most recent data available.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD): Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in Hawai'i and the nation, accounting for approximately 25 percent of Hawai'i deaths. Coronary heart disease accounts for the majority (56%) of total heart disease deaths.2 Between 1990 and 2006, Hawai'i's death rate for coronary heart disease dropped 47 percent.

Reducing CHD Deaths: The lifetime risk for developing CHD is very high in the United States: one of every two males and one of every three females aged 40 years and under will develop CHD sometime in their life. Early prevention, specifically through lifestyle interventions that promote heart-healthy behaviors, is a major strategy to reduce the development of heart disease or stroke.3

All Cancers: Cancer is the second leading cause of death among men and women in Hawai'i and the nation. Nearly 25 percent of all deaths in Hawai'i were due to some type of cancer.4 Hawai'i's mortality rate for all cancers decreased 3 percent from 1990 to 2006.


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports.
Note: All U.S. rates and Hawai`i rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. Because the method of coding causes of death changed in 1999, the data from 1990-1998 are not comparable to data from 1999-present.
Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports.
Note: All U.S. rates and Hawai`i rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. Because the method of coding causes of death changed in 1999, the data from 1990-1998 are not comparable to data from 1999-present.