The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed the list of the five leading causes of death in the U.S. Heart disease takes the spot of the number one killer, followed by cancer, stroke, lower respiratory diseases, and accidents.
The CDC reported that nearly two-thirds of deaths in the U.S. are caused by one of the top five. On the other hand, many of these deaths could have been prevented.
The CDC estimates that 30 percent of heart disease, 15 percent of cancer, 28 percent of strokes, 36 percent of lower respiratory diseases, and 43 percent of accidents leading to death could have been prevented.
On the upside, between 2010 and 2014, deaths from the top three killers have been on the decline, whereas accident death rates rose.
Uncovering preventable deaths helps the CDC develop prevention strategies in order to reduce deaths by these causes.