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The estimated average number of potentially preventable deaths for the five leading causes of death in persons aged <80 years were 91,757 for diseases of the heart, 84,443 for cancer, 28,831 for chronic lower respiratory diseases, 16,973 for cerebrovascular diseases (stroke), and 36,836 for unintentional injuries (Table 1).
"The rate increased 0.9% for heart disease, 2.7% for chronic lower respiratory diseases, 6.7% for unintentional injuries, 3.0% for stroke, 15.7% for Alzheimer's disease, 1.9% for diabetes, 1.5% for kidney disease, and 2.3% for suicide," the ( CDC release said.
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic lower respiratory diseases, including COPD, are the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Stroke had held the number four spot for a long time behind heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases, which are still the top three causes of death.
Rank Males 1 Heart disease 25.2% 2 Cancer 24.4% 3 Unintentional injuries 6.2% 4 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.3% 5 Stroke 4.3% 6 Diabetes 2.9% 7 Suicide 2.4% 8 Influenza and pneumonia 2.1% 9 Kidney disease 2% 10 Alzheimer disease 2% Rank Females 1 Heart disease 24% 2 Cancer 22.2% 3 Stroke 6.3% 4 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.9% 5 Alzheimer disease 4.5% 6 Unintentional injuries 3.5% 7 Diabetes 2.8% 8 Influenza and pneumonia 2.3% 9 Kidney disease 2% 10 Septicemia 1.6% Data from the CDC (2).
Rates of death from lung cancer, colorectal cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and suicide continue to be almost the worst in the nation; however, the state has one of the best records in its relatively low death rates for diabetes.
Stroke fell from the third leading cause of death to the fourth, while chronic lower respiratory diseases took its place as No.
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