This is part of the “Back Story” in the Newsweek Magazine of 24 & 31 May 2010:

WHAT SHOULD YOU REALLY BE AFRAID OF?

Using the most recent U.S. data available, (here is) a list of unsettling threats and their far riskier counterparts.

Murders (2008) – 14,180
Suicides (2006) – 33,289

Children abducted by strangers (1999) – 115
Children who drown in pools (2006) – 288

Burglaries (2007 – 2.2 million
Identity thefts (2005) – 8.3 million

Shark attacks (2009) – 28
Dog bites (annual average) – 4.5 million

Americans killed by terrorist attacks around the world (2008) – 33
Americans who die from the seasonal flu (annual average) – 36,171

Deaths by allergic reaction to peanuts (annual average) – 50-100
Deaths by unintentional poisoning (2006) – 27,531

Women who die from breast cancer (2009) – 40,170
Women who die from cardiovascular disease (2006) – 432,709

Fatal airline accidents (2005) – 321
Fatal car crashes (2008) – 34,017

Americans audited by the IRS (2009) – 1.4 million
U.S. Deaths (2007) – 2.4 million

I found this quite fascinating and a good reminder of how we often worry about the unnecessary.

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