Author: Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Date Updated: October 9, 2017
In 2014, the rate of deaths from cancer, lung disease, diabetes and heart disease rose to 57%, up from 53% the year before. There had been a steady decline in this rate since 2007. The rate of deaths from these diseases in the United State in 2014 was 54% and 55% in 2013.
It is unclear at this time what caused this quick rise. The two highest rates of death by disease are heart disease at 23.4% and cancer at 22.5%. “The number of cancer deaths is going up because the population is getting older”, Robert Anderson, PhD, chief of CDC mortality statistics branch said in an article about heart and cancer death rates in 2014.