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Based on preliminary data, cancer (malignant neoplasms) was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2004, causing 550,270 deaths – ~23% of all deaths.

Minino A, Heron M, Smith B. Deaths: Preliminary data for 2004. Hyattsville, MD: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics; 2004. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/prelimdeaths04/preliminarydeaths04.htm

Reference

Title
Deaths: Preliminary data for 2004
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Minino A, Heron M, Smith B
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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