Top five causes of death: CDC

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

Uncovering preventable deaths helps the CDC develop prevention strategies in order to reduce deaths by these causes.

Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.


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