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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 01:28 PM
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46. Extremely misleading, IMO.
If 1,000,000 people die every year of age related diseases like cancer and heart disease, but 30,000 die from being shot, saying that 30000 is only a small percentage of total deaths is true, but dying of diseases of old age is not something we could potentially stop.

Exclude the elderly and recheck the results. From the article:
Age differences
In 2005, the leading causes of death varied substantially by age group (Table 1). However, there were some general similarities by broad age group in the pattern of leading causes. For the population aged 144 years, the leading cause of death was unintentional injuries. Homicide and suicide were also important causes of death in this broad age category: Homicide was consistently one of the top five causes of death in the population aged 134 years, and suicide was a top five killer in the 1044 age group. The proportion of deaths due to unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide combined ranged from 31 percent to 75 percent in the age groups among those 144 years.

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I mean really, if 20,000 infants died every year, and 10,000 died from eating poisoned toys from China, would you say poisoned toys from China are not much of a concern since those 10,000 deaths are only a tiny fraction of the total?
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