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Table 5.7 Leading causes of death of children and youth, by age group, 2003 to 2005

Table 5.7  Leading causes of death of children and youth, by age group, 2003 to 2005
  2003 2004 2005
  number rate number rate number rate
Less than 1 year            
Perinatal conditions 981 292.7 1,019 302.3 1,037 303.1
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 423 126.2 412 122.2 447 130.6
Sudden infant death syndrome 96 28.6 84 24.9 112 32.7
1 to 4 years            
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 86 6.3 67 4.9 74 5.4
Malignant neoplasms 29 2.1 36 2.6 28 2.1
Congenital conditions 35 2.5 38 2.8 36 2.6
5 to 9 years            
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 69 3.5 72 3.8 64 3.4
Malignant neoplasms 45 2.3 45 2.3 45 2.4
Congenital conditions 12 0.6 15 0.8 13 0.7
10 to 14 years            
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 110 5.2 90 4.2 95 4.5
Malignant neoplasms 40 1.9 52 2.5 43 2.0
Suicide (intentional self-harm) 27 1.3 28 1.3 43 2.0
15 to 19 years            
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 444 20.9 414 19.5 458 21.3
Suicide (intentional self-harm) 216 10.2 210 9.9 213 9.9
Malignant neoplasms 83 3.9 66 3.1 61 2.8
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM tables 102-0551 and 102-0562.