Boys had higher death rates than girls in all age groups from infancy to age 20 between 1999 and 2008, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that boys had approximately 76,700 more deaths in that timeframe compared with girls, with 15- to 19-year-olds having the widest gap. Aside from having a more than twofold increased risk of dying from external causes, boys had slightly higher chances of dying from seven types of childhood cancer.
Mortality rates are greater for boys than girls in U.S.
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