Category: cause of death

Cancer Deaths in the U.S.

The death of ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott has generated interest in cancer deaths in the U.S. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. The number of cancer deaths are available from the multiple cause of death option on the CDC WONDER database using the C00-C97 ICD  Code, “Malignant Neoplasms.” Here are our latest national Read More >

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Nosologists: What Do They Do and Why Is It Important?

Medical coders Celia Dickens, Tyringa Crawford, and Holly Lambert pose behind a manual. They are part of a select group; around the world there are only a few mortality coders.

“How many causes of death are there?” The question makes the experts from the Division of Vital Statistics (DVS) share looks and smiles as they point towards enormous binders. A death certificate often includes a series of conditions that led to the death of an individual. Each condition has a code and is tracked on Read More >

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