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From birth to old age, here's what Americans are most likely to die from at every age

Dr. George Sawaya examines a person at the UCSF Women's Health Center in June 2006.
Dr. George Sawaya examines a person at the UCSF Women's Health Center in June 2006. Getty Images

The biggest risks to our life change as we grow and develop. When we're toddlers, being near water can put us in serious danger, while in middle age, our DNA is more susceptible to damage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the 10 leading causes of death for Americans at every stage of life. The health agency's data from 2016 reveals that some of the greatest hazards to our young lives include everyday activities like riding in a car, while deadly cancers and heart conditions become more dangerous as our bodies take on more wear and tear.

The list below describes most common causes of death at every age, from dangerous accidents that pose threats when we're young to diseases that are likely to take our lives when we're older.

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