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US Cancer Deaths Down, Drug Overdoses Up

US Cancer Deaths Down, Drug Overdoses Up

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By    |   Thursday, 17 November 2016 02:53 PM

The number of potentially preventable deaths in the U.S. has declined over the last five years but fatal drug overdoses are up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

“Fewer Americans are dying young from preventable causes of death, says CDC Director Tom Freiden. But, he adds, “Tragically, deaths from overdose are increasing because of the opioid epidemic, and there are still large differences between states in all preventable causes of death, indicating that many more lives can be saved through use of prevention and treatment available today.”

According to the CDC, the five leading causes of death for people under age 80 in 2014 were diseases of the heart, cancers, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema), and unintentional injuries (accidents).

The CDC estimates that 15 percent of these cancer deaths, 30 percent of these heart-disease deaths, 43 percent of these unintentional-injury deaths, 36 percent of these CLRD deaths, and 28 percent of these stroke deaths were preventable.

These causes account for 63 percent of deaths from all causes in that year.

Compared with 2010, in 2014, statistics show the following:

  • Potentially preventable deaths from cancer decreased 25 percent (driven by a 12 percent decrease in the age-adjusted death rate from lung cancer).
  • Potentially preventable deaths from stroke decreased 11 percent.
  • Potentially preventable deaths from heart disease decreased four percent.
  • Potentially preventable deaths from unintentional injuries increased 23 percent (largely due to deaths from drug poisoning and falls).
  • Potentially preventable deaths from CLRD increased one percent (a small, statistically nonsignificant increase).

Preventable death estimates are used help state and federal officials establish prevention goals, priorities, and strategies. Health care providers can prevent premature deaths by offering preventive services such as counseling patients on how to quit smoking, how to prevent heart disease and stroke, and how to avoid unintentional injuries, the CDC says.


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