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Feds Release 2010-2014 Top Five U.S. Death Causes

Feds Release 2010-2014 Top Five U.S. Death Causes

Not a list anyone wants to top—but a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now ranks the top five causes of death in the U.S. from 2010 to 2014.  In order, they are: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents and stroke.

According to the report, all but accidents decreased since 2010.

The CDC stats have cancer dropping a full 25 percent since 2010, followed by an 11-percent decrease in stroke and a four-percent drop in heart disease since 2010.

The stats also rank each by preventability, with heart disease atop that ranking with 30 percent of fatal cases preventable by heart-health measures, including diet, exercise and surgeries.

While only 15 percent of cancer cases in that 2010-2014 span were considered preventable, 28 percent of stroke fatalities were, as were 36 percent of chronic lower respiratory diseases.

Accidents—which the report defined as including both unintentional injuries, drug poisonings and falls—actually increased by an ominous 23 percent since 2014, and mostly in the category of drug poisonings and falls.

Sadly, according to the CDC, some 43 percent of those incidents could have been prevented.