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Heart disease and cancer are responsible for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S., report says

Heart disease and cancer are responsible for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S., report says

What are the most common ways to die in America? The answer depends on how old you are, whether you’re a man or a woman, and your racial and ethnic background, a new report shows.

Alzheimer’s disease accounted for 5% of deaths among U.S. women, for instance, but only 2.1% of deaths among men. Accidents and unintentional injuries caused 39.7% of deaths among people between the ages of 10 and 24, but only 7.4% of deaths for adults between the ages of 45 and 64. Diabetes was responsible for 4.3% of African American deaths and 2.7% of white deaths.

Overall, heart disease was the No. 1 cause of death for Americans, killing 614,348 people in 2014, according to a...

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