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QuickStats: Death Rates for the Five Leading Causes of Death — United States, 2001–2006

During 2001–2006, heart disease and cancer were the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for nearly half of all deaths each year.

During this period, the age-adjusted death rate for heart disease declined 19.5%, from 247.8 per 100,000 standard population to 199.4, and the age-adjusted cancer death rate declined 7.8%, from 196.0 to 180.8.

Changes in the other leading causes of death were less pronounced.

SOURCE: Heron M, Hoyert DL, Xu J, Scott C, Tejada B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2008;56(16).

Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_16.pdf.

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