Friday, January 21, 2005

Cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading killer of Americans:

For the first time, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the top killer of Americans younger than 85, health officials said yesterday.
The reason is that while the number of deaths from both causes has fallen, the improvement has been more marked for heart disease.

"It's dropping fast enough that another disease is eclipsing it," Dr. Walter Tsou, president of the American Public Health Association, said of the incidence of heart disease.