Suicide emerges as the most common cause of death among 12-year-old boys, with a 1 in 32,870 chance. Similarly, assault by a firearm, with a 1 in 99,665 chance, and car crashes, with a 1 in 148,107 chance, also figure among the prevalent causes.
When these odds are compared with other ages and sexes, significant differences emerge. For instance, the odds of a 12-year-old boy dying are considerably higher than that of a girl the same age. In fact, the risk for boys continues to increase, peaking at age 17 with a 1 in 996 chance, before it starts to decrease gradually. In contrast, the odds for girls improve, reaching a 1 in 8,381 chance at age 11, before increasing again.
However, it's important to note that these statistics represent extreme cases and should not detract from the joy of childhood. Instead, they should serve as a call to action to address the root causes, especially the common causes, to improve these odds.
|Suicide||1 in 32,870|
|Assault by firearm||1 in 99,665|
|Car crash||1 in 148,107|
|Bicycle rider accident||1 in 229,792|
|Asthma||1 in 267,301|
|Exposure to smoke, fire and flames||1 in 334,584|
|Stroke||1 in 355,640|
|Motorcycle rider accident||1 in 521,893|
|Coronavirus||1 in 535,982|
|Sepsis||1 in 560,405|
|Pneumonia||1 in 641,489|
|Flu||1 in 824,306|
|AIDS||1 in 1,173,340|
|Plane crash||1 in 1,216,772|
|Drowning||1 in 1,290,321|
|Fall from bed, chair or other furniture||1 in 2,092,254|
|Alcohol||1 in 2,112,811|
|Accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed||1 in 2,113,160|
|Earthquake||1 in 2,134,430|
|Lightning||1 in 2,145,443|
|Flood||1 in 2,150,202|