What are your odds of dying in a shark attack?

Many of us have very specific phobias, such as fear of being attacked by a shark while swimming in the ocean, or fear of flying.  But what are your odds really of dying from these events, compared with the average causes of death?

Risk of dying from heart disease: 1 in 6

Cancer: 1 in 7

Stroke: 1 in 23

Motor Vehicle Accident: 1 in 113

Suicide:  1 in 121

Accidental poisoning: 1 in 130

Dying from a fall: 1 in 171

Assault from firearms: 1 in 306

Accidental drowning: 1 in 1,123

Exposure to smoke/fire: 1 in 1,177

Bicycling: 1 in 4,717

Airplane accident: 1 in 7,032

Exposure to electric shock: 1 in 9,943

Exposure to excessive heat: 1 in 12,517

Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 46,044

Contact with hornets, wasps and bees: 1 in 71,623

Lightning: 1 in 84,079

Bitten/attacked by dog causing death: 1 in 120,864

Earthquake: 1 in 148,756

Flood: 1 in 175,803

Fireworks discharge: 1 in 386,766

Shark Attack:  1 in 3,700,000!

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