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1.3: Major Health Concerns

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    Leading Causes of Death in the United States

    Do you know what the top two leading causes of death are for Americans? Heart disease takes the number one spot, followed by cancer. As you can see by the graph below, cancer death rates have been steadily increasing throughout the years. What does this potentially mean for the future? Is cancer going to take over as the number one leading cause of death? It certainly appears to be headed in that direction.

    The 10 Leading Causes of Death in the United States:

    • Heart disease: 659,041
    • Cancer: 599,601
    • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 173,040
    • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 156,979
    • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,005
    • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,499
    • Diabetes: 87,647
    • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,565
    • Influenza and Pneumonia: 49,783
    • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,511

    CDC Winnable Battles

    To keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to address the leading causes of death and disability, CDC initiated an effort called Winnable Battles to achieve measurable impact quickly. Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and known effective strategies to address them. By identifying priority strategies, defining clear targets and working closely with our public health partners, we are making significant progress in reducing health disparities and the overall health burden from these diseases and conditions.

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    This page titled 1.3: Major Health Concerns is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Kelly Falcone.