Cancer now the number one killer in wealthy countries: study

(Meghan Collie/ Global News) — A new study has found that cancer now kills more people than heart disease in wealthy countries, and is on track to become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades.

Cardiovascular disease (including heart failure, angina, heart attack and stroke) accounts for 40 per cent of all deaths, remaining the leading cause of mortality among middle-aged adults worldwide, researchers said.

However, this is no longer the case in wealthy countries, where cancer kills roughly twice as many people as heart disease.

The research was part of the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiologic (PURE) study, published in The Lancet and presented at the ESC Congress in Paris on Tuesday. (…)

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