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What would it take to lower the preventable death rate from cancer and heart disease?

Researchers examined National Vital Statistics System data for 2008-2010 for deaths from heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, and unintentional injury. 

This accounted for 63% of all US deaths (before the age of 80) in 2010.

“One in three premature heart disease deaths, one in five premature cancer deaths, two out of five chronic lower respiratory disease deaths, one out of every three stroke deaths, and two out of every five unintentional injury deaths could be prevented”
Paula Yoon, ScD, MPH, of the CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, and colleagues, May 2014.

The researchers examined the potential effect of bringing mortality rates from the five leading causes of death in the U.S., down to the current lowest recorded levels.

Yoon and colleagues found this strategy would prevent:

  • 91,757 deaths annually from heart disease
  • 84,443 deaths annually from cancer
  • 28,831 deaths annually from chronic lower respiratory disease
  • 16,973 deaths annually from cerebrovascular disease
  • 36,836 deaths annually from unintentional injuries

Study by Yoon P, et al “Potentially preventable deaths from the five leading causes of death - United States, 2008-2010” as published by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2014; 63: 369-374.  Four of the authors are WHO staff members.  As reported by MedPage Today on May 4, 2014.

Posted: Wednesday 21 May 2014