CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes Of Death In US

Posted: Nov 20 2016, 4:20am CST | by , Updated: Nov 20 2016, 4:25am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Deaths in US
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The number of potentially preventable deaths from three causes have declined from 2010 to 2014

The latest report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sums up the five leading preventable causes of deaths across the 50 states and the District of Colombia. 

In 2014, the top killers were heart disease, cancer, stroke, breathing-related problems and accidents, which together accounted for more than 60 percent of all deaths. In each of those categories, however, a substantial number of deaths could have been avoided. 

According to the report, the number of potentially preventable deaths from three leading causes of deaths – heart disease, cancer and stroke – have declined from 2010 to 2014. In contrast, a sharp rise has been observed in deaths from accidents or unintentional injuries, mainly because of opioid overdoses. 

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

To determine changes in the rates of potentially preventable diseases from 2010 to 2014, researchers analyzed mortality data of year 2014 from National Vital Statistics System and compared it with the number of deaths in 2010 by applying the same method which was used as a benchmark for the first report.

Compared with 2010, in 2014.

Deaths from cancer decreased 25 percent 

Stroke deaths decreased 11 percent

Potentially preventable deaths from heart disease dropped by 4 percent 

Deaths from accidents increased by 23 percent 

Deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases increased by 1 percent. However, the decline rate in three leading preventable causes was much lower than estimated by CDC.

Death rates by specific causes varied geographically. Southeast Unites States had the highest number of preventable deaths in all five leading causes while the Midwest and Northeast are hit hard by the poisoning of opioid overdose. These differences in statistics among different states could help health officials to determine health goals and priorities and improve the overall health of the population.

“Preventable death estimates are an important public health tool that helps state and federal officials establish prevention goals, priorities and strategies,” CDC press release reads.

“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 smoke and how to avoid unintentional injuries.”

 

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