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Up to 40 percent of annual premature deaths can be prevented

By Amanda Stewart,

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the top five leading causes of death each year. A new study has shown that 20 to 40 percent of those deaths from each cause are preventable.

This report can be found in the CDC’s Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report.

The top five causes of death in the United States are: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidental injuries, according to a CDC press release. In 2010, these five things caused 63 percent of all American deaths.

The researchers from the CDC studied the cause of death of Americans below the age of 80, by state, during the period from 2008-2010, according to Headlines and Global News.

"As a doctor, it is heartbreaking to lose just one patient to a preventable disease or injury - and it is that much more poignant as the director of the nation's public health agency to know that far more than a hundred thousand deaths each year are preventable," said CDC director Tom Frieden.

The study found that if all states had achieved the lowest death rates observed for each cause, 34 percent of heart disease related deaths could have been prevented; 21 percent of cancer related deaths could have been prevented; 39 percent from chronic lower respiratory disease; 33 percent from stroke; 39 percent from accidents.

Researchers have made the suggestion that states should invest money in health initiatives that will be able to encourage people to change their behavior.

 
 

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