Cancer Will Be The Leading Cause Of Death Leaving Behind Heart Disease In US


  • November 14, 2018
  • Health

The number of Cancer cases is increasing rapidly all over the world. In the United States alone these numbers are so high that they will soon surpass the number of deaths due to heart disease. Till now, heart disease was the top cause of death. A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Cancer will soon be a leading cause of death in the US.

A drift from death due to heart disease will soon change to cancer especially among the high-income population. This is expected to take place by 2020. For the study, the data pertaining to mortality rate was gathered from the National Center for Health Statistics Multiple Cause of Death. The data from 2003 to 2015 was studied. The data was collected from 2003 to 2015. Various counties of US have shown cancer as a leading cause of death.

The researchers are unable to predict why there is a transition in the death cause influenced by economic growth and ethnic groups. According to the report released in 2003, the number of deaths due to cancer was 79%. But, according to the report published in 2015, heart disease has accounted for 59% of death across various counties in the US.

There has been a periodic shift in the death due to different disorder in the US. In the last century, the top causes of death were tuberculosis and flu. Now, the present pattern shows that death due to heart disease and cancer has increased. This reveals that changes in socio-economic conditions have an influence on the death rate. This theory was backed by the reports from CDC.

From 2003-2015 the deaths due to heart disease have decreased by a sharp 22%. However, the deaths due to cancer have increased significantly in high-income counties compared to the low-income counties. The cost of cancer treatment therapies will further contribute to the number of deaths. As effective treatments are not available to cure this disease completely, the death rate is expected to increase further.