The Modern world has brought with it many causes of death we didn’t see or have in the past

According to the most recent statistics, the causes of death in our modern world are widely different from those in the early twentieth century. Approximately 100 years or more previously, most people got sick from serious diseases such as polio, diphtheria or measles. It wasn’t uncommon to get an infection and die from complications. Additionally deterioration from mental decay or in modern terms, dementia was common.



While that illness can occur today, with the invent of vaccinations their occurrence is much less

In our modern age of medicine and advancement, the increasing depression resulting from current societal norms has created a subculture of drug addiction to medications prescribed by most doctors. Thus the suicide rates from the accidental overdose as well as full-blown depression are rampant.

The statistics show women mostly experience cancer at any age. The death toll from this one disease alone is astronomical. What could be the cause of so much cancer?


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Suicide is on the rise for both genders

Although men also may experience cancer, their risk of heart disease is much higher. Likewise, men fall prey to drug misuse just as quickly as women might. Death does not discriminate against gender, age, race, or religion.

Now that you know the main the causes, here are a few you might not know.

  • Death by selfie
  • Trampled to death on Black Friday, or music concert
  • Crushed by vending machines
  • Struck by lightning
  • Victims of serial killers
  • Autoerotic asphyxiation
  • Deaths by lawn mower
  • Shot by police
  • Falling from trees
  • Caught between two objects that potentially can pinch, crush or disable
  • Constipation
  • Contact with heavy machinery
  • Texting while driving or walking
  • Death by Hippopotamus mauling
  • Falling out of bed
  • Death by Jellyfish stinging

Some of these accidents may seem a bit strange. Nonetheless, there is a good lesson to learn from these statistics.



There are things we have control over and some things we don’t

Our DNA and hereditary factors are not something we can order from the local café. Everyone must deal with the set of family strengths and weaknesses given at birth. Each one of us has to make the best of what we’ve got. Consequently, knowledge is power. The more you know about yourself and how to best take care of you, the better off you will be. Good health is the most obvious result.

If we understand our physical weaknesses, there are ways to strengthen ourselves. Keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle can put cancer, diabetes and many other diseases at bay.

The other dramatic environmental death occurrences might be avoidable. Common sense would tell you not to text and drive simultaneously. The same idea holds true for walking across the street while texting. It is imperative to watch for traffic while walking or driving on the road. This one really should be a no-brainer.



While on Safari, keep your head, arms, and legs far away from unpredictable animals.

Riding on or driving heavy machinery should never be done under the influence of a foreign substance like alcohol or drugs. Any delinquent behavior in or around such a massive piece of machinery could be harmful to your health or cause death. Use your common sense.

Lastly, if you don’t know this already, everyone has a responsibility to keep harm away from themselves and everyone around you. In other words, to be considerate of others. Don’t put yourself or anyone else in harm’s way.


References: Business Insider, The Statistics Portal, ODDEE
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