Re: Some Facts About Causes of Death for kids
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 7 Nov 1997 14:53:51 MST
> The following are the Top Five for males by three age groups
> 5-9yrs: Unintentional Injuries, Malignant Neoplasms(cancer), Congenital
> Anomalies, Homicide, Heart Disease.
> 10-14yrs: Unintentional Injuries, Malignant Neoplasms(cancer), Homicide,
> Suicide, Congenital Anomalies
> 15-19yrs: Unintentional Injuries, Homicide, Suicide, Malignant
> Neoplasms(cancer), Heart Disease.
> For all age groups except <1 yr and 65+yr the top cause of Unintentional
> Injury death are motor vehicles. The 2nd and 3rd causes follow:
> For 5-9yr: Drowning, Other unintentional
> 10-14: Other unintentional, drowning
> 15-24: Other unintentional, drowning
I have heard people make the claim that suicide should actually be
moved up quite a bit, especially for the older of these age groups.
Their argument was, especially for MVAs, it is hard to know in many
cases whether it was in actuality a suicide -- for example when a
person intentionally gets drunk and then drives somewhere.
In any case, what these statistics show is that far too many young men
are dying from injuries caused by themselves or others. The shame is
that most of these were probably preventable, and the world is a
little poorer for each loss. I am grateful that I have never had to
deal with the loss of a member of my troops, although I'm sure the day
will eventually come.
Hopefully these tragedies which are being told will remind us through
the hard times of what evils we take on and fight every time we put on
our uniforms. As in Witcraft's poem "A Very Important Man", we might
never know what things we enabled a boy to do, or what things we kept
him from doing, but we all are about the business of making a
difference one boy at a time.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City