Cause of death

Disease or circumstance that has led to death.
Causes of death are known thanks to the information entered by doctors on death certificates, indicating the disease or the circumstances responsible for each death. Cause-of-death statistics are established in each country using an international classification of diseases. This standard classification makes it possible to compare countries and to study changes within the same country.

Cause-specific death rate : The number of deaths attributable to a specific cause per 100,000 population in a given year.