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Cancer Now No. 1 Killer Disease in 22 States

Cancer Now No. 1 Killer Disease in 22 States

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:45 AM

Cancer has surpassed heart disease and is now the leading cause of death in states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nationwide, heart disease still edges out cancer as the top killer of Americans. But if this trend continues, cancer could overtake heart disease as the top cause of death in less than 15 years, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has predicted. In 2014, that agency predicted the number of new cancer cases would increase by 45 percent by the year 2030.

Among the CDC’s findings:

  • Heart disease has consistently been the leading cause of death in the United States and remained so in 2014.
  • The gap between the number of heart disease and cancer deaths generally widened from 1950 through 1968, narrowed from 1968 through 2012, and then slightly widened again from 2012 through 2014.
  • The mortality burden of cancer has surpassed that of heart disease in several states. In 2000, there were only 2 states where cancer was the leading cause of death; in 2014, there were 22.
  • Heart disease remained the leading cause of death for the non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black populations in 2014.
  • Cancer is now the leading cause of death for the non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic populations. The timing of the leading-cause crossover varied by group.

The CDC’s made its findings by examining the death certificates in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. That data showed 614,348 U.S. residents died of heart disease, compared with 591,699 who succumbed to cancer.

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