What You're Afraid to Die From... and What Will More than Likely Kill You Instead

http://sixwise.com/newsletters/05/07/13/the_six_most_feared_but_least_likely_causes_of_death.htm


Deepak Chopra, M.D., a pioneer of alternative medicine, once said that everything we fear has already happened. In other words, there's no need to fear most of what we spending time fearing.


Still, many Americans have intense fears of death by certain causes that are actually very unlikely to occur. On the contrary, the most likely causes of death are rarely sources of fear for most of us.
What follows is a list of some of those common, yet unfounded, causes of death that are most feared ... yet least likely to occur.
Then, at the end of the article take a look at the real most common causes of death, and see if your fears are justified.

Airplane crashes: Some 30 million Americans describe themselves as "anxious" flyers. What makes them anxious is the fear of dying in a plane crash. What's the actual risk of being involved in a fatal airline accident? According to Arnold Barnett, a statistical expert in the field of aviation safety, it's once every 19,000 years--and that is only provided the person flew on an airplane once a day for 19,000 years!

Shark attacks: Do you refuse to go near the movie Jaws for fear that you'll never go back in the water? You're not alone, as many Americans fear getting killed by a shark.
According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), though, only 1,909 confirmed shark attacks have occurred around the world--between 1580 and 2003! Of these, 737 happened in the United States, and 38 people died as a result. That said, what are your real odds of being attacked by a shark? One in 11.5 million, says the ISAF. Being killed by a shark? Zero in 264.1 million.

Being murdered: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one person is murdered about every 60 seconds worldwide, and in 2000, an estimated 520,000 people were murdered in the world. Although this sounds like a lot, let us put things into perspective: In 2000, over 6 million people died of cancer.

Falling to death: In 2001, more than 11,600 people aged 65 and older died from fall-related injuries, representing a very real concern. Children are also at risk of falling if they're not being properly supervised. But the type of fall we're talking about here is the kind that occurs from a height and to adults. While falling from a height is a leading cause of work-related death among construction workers, it kills only an estimated 80 people each year. And, the risk to the general population, who are exposed to heights less often, is likely to be lower than that.

Terrorist attack: With the recent London bombings and September 11th not too far behind, death by terrorist attack is fresh in many people's minds. A poll in Conde Nast Traveler in February 2003 found that one-third of respondents feared a terrorist attack. What are your real odds of dying this way? Historically speaking, it's a one in 9.3 million chance--which is a slightly greater risk than you have of dying in an avalanche.

Natural disaster: Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, storms, heat, cold ... all of these are perceived as a threat looming overhead at any time. Your real lifetime odds of dying from a natural force like those listed above? One in 3,357, according to the science and technology Web site LiveScience.com. You're much more likely to be killed by a fire or by committing suicide.







Biggest fears aside, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that uncovered the actual leading causes of death in the United States (in 2000). Overwhelmingly, these causes stem from our own, modifiable behaviors.

  • Tobacco (435,000 deaths, 18.1 percent of total U.S. deaths)

  • Poor diet and physical inactivity (400,000 deaths, 16.6 percent)

  • Alcohol consumption (85,000 deaths, 3.5 percent)

  • Microbial agents (75,000)

  • Toxic agents (55,000)

  • Motor vehicle crashes (43,000)

  • Incidents involving firearms (29,000)

  • Sexual behaviors (20,000)

  • Illicit use of drugs (17,000)

Vebran 16 years ago
Cancer. Plain and simple. Far to common nowadays.
Vulash 16 years ago
^
Prosecution 16 years ago
Cancer because you can't fight some aggresive types, and even if you do its a long painful way to die. Nothing dignified about it really. You just slowly waste away in pain

Most likely thing to kill me according to family history. Cancer, or heart disease. If my driving doesn't kil me first.
ROzbeans 16 years ago
Dying from complications of diabetes. Unfortunately that's real for me. =/
Masoyama 16 years ago
Mileron
Biggest fears aside, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that uncovered the actual leading causes of death in the United States (in 2000). Overwhelmingly, these causes stem from our own, modifiable behaviors.

* Tobacco (435,000 deaths, 18.1 percent of total U.S. deaths)
* Poor diet and physical inactivity (400,000 deaths, 16.6 percent)
* Alcohol consumption (85,000 deaths, 3.5 percent)
* Microbial agents (75,000)
* Toxic agents (55,000)
* Motor vehicle crashes (43,000)
* Incidents involving firearms (29,000)
* Sexual behaviors (20,000)
* Illicit use of drugs (17,000)



THATS IT!~!! Starting toaday I will stop dating all Fat, Diseease Infested, Alcohol drinking, Cigarette smoking, Opiate Poping, Gun Toatin' Biker Chicks!!
Adiene 16 years ago
Man .. I am always afraid that the plane will go down or I'll get some kind of cancer , but the one thing that scares me the most is being murdered in a home robery or something after having to see my children killed first .. anything else is meh compaired to that. =/
Temprah 16 years ago
Cancer is a very real threat to me, and one of my biggest fears. Unfortunately every single person in my Mom's immediate family has died of one type of cancer or another, and a few on my Dad's side have too so I am completely screwed. Probably one of the reasons I take such crappy care of myself now, I'd rather die young of something else than go through that agony.
Den 16 years ago
Adiene
Man .. having to see my children killed first .. anything else is meh compaired to that. =/



Yea...one of the few things that really suck about being a parent. I'll never forget my grandmother saying 'a parent should never out live their child', after my dad died. I think it might have been one of the few human type things I ever heard her say.
ROzbeans 16 years ago
Mike's grandmother is...god older than dirt and when his Uncle died, we all thought the same thing. It makes my gut wrench just thinking about it.
Nards 16 years ago
Suffocation or drowning.
blazyn 16 years ago
My family has a pretty bad history of heart disease on both sides, so over about the past year I've completely cut out beef, pork, anything fried, and just about anything with trans fat. In all reality I'm scared of dying slowly from a disease. I'd much rather go unexpectedly, even though I know it's something that will be harder on my family and friends.
Sarah 16 years ago
Blazyn, your sig disturbs me...


Ok back on topic.

My death fears are being burried alive or having large hail come through my mindow and brain me, causeing a head injury that will either kill me instantly or leave me brain dead. Weird I know.
Nards 16 years ago
Kaytana
Blazyn, your sig disturbs me...


Ok back on topic.

My death fears are being burried alive or having large hail come through my mindow and brain me, causeing a head injury that will either kill me instantly or leave me brain dead. Weird I know.


From reading this sentence, I am afraid to tell you that you may have already been hit in the head.
Sarah 16 years ago
I've been hit in the head several times, usually by the freezer door...
carpex 16 years ago
I'm not really afraid of dying from any one thing, or afraid of dying at all.

There's just a lot of ways I would prefer to die over others.
blazyn 16 years ago
I'm in the same boat at carpex..we have so much in common
barce 16 years ago
Working in the insurance business dieing doesnt scare me as much as getting cancer and paying $5080453.00 to make me live. Btw statistically around 60% of people that get cancer live through it.
Gilae 16 years ago
Yeah I keep having these horrible day dreams about someone doing something to my son and I tell you what, I'm as scared of what I would do as a result as I am of the actual crime. A mother is capable of doing some pretty sick stuff in defense of her kids.

EDIT: Woah, I didn't see how old this post was...sorry gang for the bump!