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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Celebrates News of Americans Living Longer Than Ever Before
Atlanta, Georgia (December 10, 2014) — Americans are surviving infancy and living longer than ever before according to the National Health Report, a surveillance summary report recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This new report, tracking data from 2005 to the current data year, reveals the implications of successfully protecting and extending life. By 2030, it is estimated that cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death, largely as a result of successes in heart disease prevention.
Yet with Americans born today living to an historic average of 79 years, more time is given for cancers to form in the body, thus driving up cancer deaths. Moreover, the number of older adults in the U.S. is expected to double by 2030 which explains the report’s finding that Alzheimer’s may become the fourth leading cause of death by 2030.
“This report could not come at a better time since Americans are more focused on health and disease prevention than ever before,” said John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, adding “It proves that prevention works and that our message is getting out.”
“Seven of the ten leading causes of death are the result of chronic diseases,” said Kathleen Ethier, PhD, Director of CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office, whose office produced the report. “Chronic disease practitioners are uniquely positioned to drive good health promotion practices and evidence-based interventions at the community, organization, and policy levels to prevent and control chronic diseases.”
CDC’s National Health Report web site offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work, including videos, infographics and dashboards that health departments, schools, legislators and the public can use to better understand the trends in health and longevity.
For more information about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, visit www.chronicdisease.org
Karen Ten Cate
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