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Friday, November 18, 2016

CDC Predicts Cancer May Overtake Heart Disease as Leading Cause of Death

According to the Washington Post (11/17, Sun), “in a report published” yesterday, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data for the five leading causes of death in 2014 in the United States, which together account for 63 percent of all deaths.” The report indicates that “fewer people are dying prematurely from three of the five leading causes of death between 2010 and 2014: cancer, stroke and heart disease.” However, “there was a significant increase in preventable deaths from unintentional injuries, mostly because deaths from opioid overdoses are increasing.”

 

PBS NewsHour (11/17, Santhanam) reports, “Cancer could surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death among Americans this year, according to” the report. In 2014, “more than 614,000 Americans died of heart disease.” Approximately 592,000 died of cancer that year. However, “in 2016, almost 601,000 people may die as a result of cancer, while more than 597,000 Americans may die from heart disease...said Hannah Weir, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, as well as the study’s lead author.”

 

HealthDay (11/17, Preidt) reports that the report indicated “the five leading causes of death among Americans under age 80 for 2014” were heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents. 

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