Where Are We in the Fight Against Heart Disease and Cancer?

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Heart disease is still the number one source of death in the United Sates as of now, but the trend in heart disease has been really very encouraging, the AID specific mortality actually peeked in the late 1960s, so for more than half a century we have experienced relative declines in the burden of heart disease but still a very significant problem.

Cancer has been more intractable while some cancers have improved dramatically, others have actually increased in their prevalence and over time, the source of mortality from cancer has overall declined only very slightly. So cancer today, is in a sense a less well understood and solved problem compared to heart disease.

We know for example if we could get the 18-20% of smokers who still smoke, that we could go a long way towards reducing the burden of both cancer and heart disease in the United States.