According to Statistics Canada, cancer is expected to surpass cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death among Canadians.
In a report released April 27th 2007, Statistics Canada suggests that based on a 25 year trend, the proportion of deaths as a result of cardiovascular disease have been gradually declining, while the proportion of deaths as a result of cancer have been on the rise.
In 1979, 47% of all deaths in Canada were a result of cardiovascular disease, this number dropped to 32% in 2004.
However, while 23% of all deaths were a result if cancer in 1979, this number jumped to 30% in 2004.
Combined, cardiovascular disease and cancer caused about 4 out of 10 deaths in Canada in 2004.
Statistics Canada did not did not analyze the cause of the trends, although more effective treatment and a better awareness of disease prevention may be responsible.
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