A community health nurse is preparing a lecture on lifestyle and risk factors for a college-age audience. The nurse understands that which causes of death are the most common among this age group?

  1. HIV, suicide, unintentional injuries
  2. suicide, cancer, unintentional injuries
  3. suicide, unintentional injuries, homicide
  4. homicide, unintentional injuries, heart disease
Number 3 is correct.
Rationale: Suicide, unintentional injuries, and homicide are the three main causes of death for college-age young adults. HIV is one of the top 10 causes of death in people ages 25 – 34. Cancer is the leading cause of death for people ages 45 – 64. Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 45 – 64.