Potentially Preventable Deaths Rank among 5 Leading Causes of Death

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report noting five potentially preventable causes of death represented 63% of all deaths in 2014, including:

  1. Diseases of the heart
  2. Cancer
  3. Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD)
  4. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
  5. Unintentional injuries

According to the CDC, three out of the five potentially preventable causes decreased from 2010 to 2014, while two out of the five increased.

  • Cancer — decreased 25%
  • Stroke — decreased 11%
  • Heart disease — decreased 4%
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease — increased 1%
  • Unintentional injury — increased 23%
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