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Cancer is now the leading cause of death in high income countries

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Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 3:27 PM EDT
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Cancer is now the leading cause of death in high income countries.

That's according to a new study from McMaster University in Canada.

It shows while heart disease is still the number one killer of middle aged adults worldwide it is on the decline.

In fact, cancer deaths now are twice as frequent as cardiovascular deaths in rich and some middle income nations.

Experts say cancer will likely become the leading cause of death globally in the future.

The study was led by researchers at McMaster University (CAN) and published in 'The Lancet.'

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