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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Heart Disease and Cancer --- United States, 1999--2009*

The figure above shows age-adjusted death rates for heart disease and cancer in the United States from 1999-2009. During 1999-2009, age-adjusted death rates for heart disease and cancer declined significantly by 30.8% and 11.9%, respectively. The death rate for heart disease decreased at a faster pace than the cancer death rate during that period. The risk for death from heart disease was 31.9% higher than from cancer in 1999, whereas it was 3.6% higher from heart disease than from cancer in 2009.

* Data for 2008 and 2009 are preliminary.

During 1999--2009, age-adjusted death rates for heart disease and cancer declined significantly by 32.5% and 13.5%, respectively. The mortality rate for heart disease decreased at a faster pace than the cancer death rate during that period. The risk for death from heart disease was 32.7% higher than from cancer in 1999, whereas it was 3.6% higher from heart disease than from cancer in 2009.

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Mortality public use data files for 1999--2007, and preliminary data for 2008 and 2009.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows age-adjusted death rates for heart disease and cancer in the United States from 1999-2009. During 1999-2009, age-adjusted death rates for heart disease and cancer declined significantly by 30.8% and 11.9%, respectively. The death rate for heart disease decreased at a faster pace than the cancer death rate during that period. The risk for death from heart disease was 31.9% higher than from cancer in 1999, whereas it was 3.6% higher from heart disease than from cancer in 2009.


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