Death Rates

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Death may be inevitable, but a report shows the risk of death isnt what it used to be. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the study from The Centers for Disease Control in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Researchers found the risk of dying has dropped by 60 percent over the last 75 years.

The Centers for Disease Control report on death rate trends in the United States shows the risk of death has decreased for all age groups, but the biggest improvement has been among young people. The death rate among children ages 1 to 4 declined 94 percent from 1935 to 2010, compared with a 38 percent decline among adults age 85 or older.

In 1935, the top five causes of death were heart disease, cancer, stroke, kidney disease and flu/pneumonia. By 2010, the report shows some causes of death have changed, but many remained the same.

Heart disease, cancer and stroke were among the top five causes of death every year between 1935 and 2010. By 2010, chronic respiratory diseases and accidents replaced kidney disease and flu and pneumonia in the top five.

The report shows death rates between 1935 to 2010 dropped by more than 50 percent for all but the oldest age groups.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.