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What is the leading cause of death in the U.S?

Heart disease and cancer rank first and second, respectively, in leading causes of death in the U.S. However, advances in prevention, detection and treatment of both have had impact on the actual number of deaths over a 45-year period.

Newly released statistics by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that between 1969 and 2014, heart disease and cancer deaths have both declined, with heart disease showing the more dramatic drop of the two. Yet, as the population grows and ages, the overall number of deaths from cancer may soon surpass those from heart disease–a projection that’s not all that surprising when certain factors are considered.

This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.
https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-health-news/cancer-heart-disease-death-rates/?cat=research

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