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Heart Deaths Decline, Cancer now Leads

separator Cancer death rates are declining, but death rate due to heart disease have declined more quickly. As a result, heart disease, previously the number one killer, has now taken the number two spot and cancer has taken the lead.

Smoking is related to one third of all cancer deaths. Other factors that contribute to cancer mortality include poor nutrition, obesity and lack of physical exercise.

But the news isn’t all bad for cancer. Deaths from this disease are also declining. Colon and lung cancer deaths in men have dropped dramatically. And five year survival rates for cancer are now at 74 percent, compared with 50 percent in the 1970s.

The best way to decrease our risk of dying from cancer is to visit your doctor regularly to get routine screenings, such as PAP smears, colonoscopies and other early detection tests. And of course, quitting smoking, eating healthy foods in the right amounts and getting regular exercise are extremely important as well.

American Cancer Society’s Annual Statistical Report.
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