ODDS OF DYING IN U.S. BY CAUSE OF DEATH
Heart Disease 1-in-5
Accidental Injury 1-in-36
Motor Vehicle Accident 1-in-100
Intentional Self-harm (suicide) 1-in-121
Falling Down 1-in-246
Assault by Firearm 1-in-325
Fire or Smoke 1-in-1,116
Air Travel Accident 1-in-20,000
Flood (included also in Natural Forces above) 1-in-30,000
Legal Execution 1-in-58,618
Lightning Strike 1-in-83,930
Snake, Bee or other Venomous Bite or Sting 1-in-100,000
Dog Attack 1-in-147,717
Asteroid Impact 1-in-200,000**
Fireworks Discharge 1-in-615,488
VIEWS OF HANDLING DEATH VARY BY CULTURE
LIVE SCIENCE - People have markedly different ideas about who should
take care of them as they approach death, depending on their culture,
gender and other factors.
Whites and African Americans generally do not think their families
should be burdened, and they're open to the idea of nursing homes and
hospice care, shows a new study of 73 people over age 50.
All Arab Americans in the study stress that families take care of the
dying. They "try desperately not to go in a nursing home," the study
Among Hispanics, dying with dignity and not having someone change their
diapers are among the greatest concerns. Hispanics are receptive to
hospice care and hospitals but wish to avoid nursing homes. They are
more likely than other groups to want to control where they die, and
generally do not want feeding tubes. . .
The findings are detailed in the current issue of the Journal of the
American Geriatrics Society.
Some gender differences were noted, too. Hispanic men, in general, want
little medical intervention at the end of life, while Hispanic women
tend to favor extensive medical intervention. The split was similar
between African American men and women. Hispanic men prefer assisted
suicide more than women.