Cancer Death Drops, Heart Disease Rises

New research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cancer deaths have dropped, but more people are dying from heart disease. According to the study, the number of adult cancer deaths dropped 19% between 1999 and 2017. Although heart disease deaths dropped 22% from 1999 to 2011, the rate went up another 4% by 2017.

Experts believe that the heart disease rate went up due to growing obesity rates. However, the American Heart Association says that 90% of all heart disease is preventable by exercising more, keeping your blood pressure under control, maintaining an ideal weight, and not smoking.


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