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Progress in Chronic Disease Prevention Mortality Trends -- United States, 1986-1988

The leading causes of death in the United States are monitored by mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (see page 118). In 1986, 1987, and the 12-month period October 1, 1987, to September 30, 1988, death rates decreased for some of the leading causes of death, including two of the three leading causes--heart disease and stroke (Table 1). However, the rate for the second leading cause--cancer--increased during this period. Together, these three causes account for about two thirds of the approximately 2 million deaths that occur annually in the United States. Reported by: Mortality Statistics Br, Div of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.

Editorial Note

Editorial Note: The National Vital Statistics System is the only source of complete data on mortality in the United States. Mortality data are a major health indicator and are widely used in MMWR presentations. They will be a principal source for the forthcoming series of chronic disease reports (4). The following article provides a description of the sources and quality of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System, as well as a description of how the information is analyzed and disseminated.

References

  1. National Center for Health Statistics. Advance report of final mortality statistics, 1986. Hyattsville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1988; DHHS publication no. (PHS)88-1120. (Monthly vital statistics report; vol 37, no. 6, suppl). 2.National Center for Health Statistics. Annual summary of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths: United States, 1987. Hyattsville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1988; DHHS publication no. (PHS)88-1120. (Monthly vital statistics report; vol 36, no. 13). 3.National Center for Health Statistics. Births, marriages, divorces, and deaths for October 1988. Hyattsville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 1989; DHHS publication no. (PHS)89-1120. (Monthly vital statistics report; vol 37, no. 10). 4.CDC. Chronic disease reports in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). MMWR 1989;38(suppl S-1).

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