The purpose of this research paper explores the impact that the top 10 leading causes of death have on the United States of America. Within this exploration, statistics, causes, signs, symptoms, and the leading preventions are identified along with any other information seen as relevant. The top 10 leading causes of death that are discussed are: Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide. This information was obtained through research of primary studies, peer reviewed studies, meta-analysis, books, and position statements by accredited hospitals and health organizations. Throughout this research, it was found that majority of these causes are preventable through standard recommended healthy lifestyle guidelines. In conclusion, these leading causes of death are having a major impact on the country when the prevalence of majority of them can be decreased due to one’s own actions.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type