What is the number two cause of death for Black women in the U.S. under the age of 50?
A. Unintentional Injuries
C. Black Men
D. Heart Disease
Despite TV One executive Jamilah Lemieux and feminist author Amber Phillips’ claim that the number two killer of Black women is Black men, ABS found no credible source to substantiate the claim. Heart disease was the number two killer of Black women, according to ABS’ analysis of the 2016 cause of death report put out by the CDC, which broke down the numbers by race. Assault cases that led to death does not make the top 5 per the chart below.
It’s acknowledged that Lemieux and Phillips’ claim was about women under 50, however, CDC did not record any assault deaths for Black women between the ages of 45-54. Additionally, the total assault deaths for women under 45 years old is still below accidents, heart disease, and cancer.
|Age Range||1-4||5-9||10-14||15-19||20-24||25-34||35-44||45-54||Total Deaths|
|Accidents (unintentional injuries)||106||79||61||151||272||552||585||818||2624|
|Disease of the heart||24||13||13||29||79||382||1019||2757||4316|
|Intentional self-harm (suicide)||12||48||74||98||232|
|Chronic lower respiratory diseases||8||19||20||12||19||319||397|
|Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities||41||15||13||17||86|
|Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium||17||46||133||105||301|
|Influenza and pneumonia||10||7||3||20|
|Certain conditions originating in the perinatal||8||8|
Complications of medical and surgical care
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosi
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
|All other causes||122||40||64||105||270||907||1532||3160||6200|