Cancer – heart disease is once again the leading cause of death in Canadians, a report released on Tuesday by the Canadian Bureau of health.
Cancer accounts for 30% and 22% of deaths and heart disease, federal agencies say. The third stroke was 6%.
Statistics Canada says the cancer death rate has risen slightly since 2000. Heart disease and stroke decreased slightly.
The top seven other leading causes of death were chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide.
According to the report, the 10 leading causes of death in 2007 accounted for 77 percent of all deaths, down from 80 percent in 2000. Statistics Canada said the list has been the same since 2000, but the ranking slightly changed.
In 2000, suicide and kidney disease were ninth and tenth, respectively, but by 2007 they had switched places. The causes of death in 2007 vary widely according to age group.
Accidents and suicides rank first and second among young people between the ages of 15 and 34. Among 35- to 74-year-old Canadians, cancer is the leading cause of death. For people 85 years of age and older, heart disease is the leading cause of death.
The cancer mortality rate reached the highest level in the 55-64 age group, accounting for 48% of all deaths.
Statistics Canada says men and women share the first two major causes of death, cancer and heart disease. In 2007, women were the third-leading cause of stroke, and accidents were the third leading cause of male death.
The suicide rate for men is three times that of women. In 2007, 7 of every 10 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease were from women.
In the same period, the ranking is slightly different from that of the United States. In 2007, cancer was more than a heart attack in Canada. In the United States, ranking reversed.
Of all deaths in the United States, 23% were attributed to cancer in 2007, compared with 30% in Canada. Of all deaths in the United States, 25% were attributed to heart disease in 2007, compared with 22% in Canada.
Stroke in these two countries ranked third.
According to the Canadian medical Society, breast cancer is a leading disease in Canadian women.
Social estimates, one in nine women will develop breast disease in her lifetime, one at 28 will die of it.
The Society estimates that 173,800 new cases of cancer will occur in 2010, with 76,200 deaths.
According to the 2009 proportion, the community estimates that 40% of Canadian women and 45% of Canadian men will develop in their lives.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says the incidence of heart disease and stroke has been declining steadily over the past 40 years. However, it was also noted that in Canada every 7 minutes, someone died of a heart attack or stroke.
The foundation estimates the cost of heart disease and stroke to the Canadian economy, $ 22.6 billion a year.
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