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Table 1 Leading causes of death in the United Statesa

From: Why do surgeons continue to perform unnecessary surgery?

1. Heart disease (~614 000 deaths per year)  
2. Cancer (~591 000 deaths per year)  
3. Medical errors (~440 000 deaths per year)  
  1. aSource:
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/
  3. Journal of Patient Safety 2013, 9:122–8