TOP 10 KILLERS OF TEENS TEN Stroke: A blood clot leading to the brain which causes paralysis and death NINE Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A disease that causes restriction of the airway in the lungs leading to death. EIGHT Pneumonia/Influe nza: Infection in the lungs causing a build up of mucus that can cause a person to choke and can lead to death. SEVEN Congenital Abnormalities: Also known as a birth defect which can lead to premature death such as progeria or cystic fibrosis SIX HIV/AIDS: A virus that attacks the immune system which kills off white blood cells which make your body weak to fight off infections. FIVE Heart Disease: Disease that causes the heart to become blocked and weakened which can lead to death. 1 out of 5 teens at risk FOUR Cancer: When cancerous cells begin growing rapidly in the body 17% of teens get cancer Only 29% survival rate of teens with cancer Most common types of lymphoma and brain cancer Melanoma (Skin Cancer) THREE Suicide 5000 teenagers in the US commit suicide each year 8 out of 10 usually asked for some help TWO Homicide: Being killed during a violent crime Nearly 7,000 teens die from violent crimes each year and the number continues to rise It is the number one killer for African American and Hispanic young men due to gang violence The NUMBER ONE Killer of TEENS Accidents There are approximately 16,000 deaths of teenagers each year and of that 50% are caused by accidents, usually involving cars.