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Cancer and heart deaths 'falling'

The number of people dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease has fallen in the last decade in England, according to government figures.
Data from the National Office for Statistics reveals mortality rates from cancer in those under the age of 75 have dropped by 15.7% since 1996.

And the deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) are down by 35.9%.

The Department of Health said there is a continuing trend in reduced mortality for these diseases.

They said an estimated 50,000 lives had been saved from deaths due to cancer and almost 150,000 from CVD.


Heart and circulatory disease remains the UK's biggest killer, accounting for over 216,000 deaths in 2004
Steve Shaffelburg, BHF

They added that the government is on track to hit their targets for 2010.

By this time they want to reduce cancer death rates by at least 20% and CVD mortality, which includes heart disease, stroke and related circulatory diseases, by at least 40%.

Steve Shaffelburg, policy manager at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said: "We're delighted today's statistics show the continuing falling trend in heart disease deaths that we've maintained in the UK since the late 1970s.

"However, there is much still to do. Heart and circulatory disease remains the UK's biggest killer, accounting for over 216,000 deaths in 2004, and there's a danger that this death rate may start to rise again if our country's heart-unfriendly lifestyles do not improve - in particular the UK's growing ... continue > 


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Published: 27 September 2006      Ref: BBC News

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