Evidence of an Epidemiologic Transition

Cancer, now the leading killer in wealthy countries, is on track to outpace cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death globally in the next few decades, according to research published yesterday in the Lancet.
Of ~55 million deaths in 2017, cardiovascular disease caused around 17.7 million—but in high-income countries, cancer now kills twice as many, the reports from the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiologic study reveal.
“The world is witnessing a new epidemiologic transition among the different categories of non-communicable diseases,” says Gilles Dagenais of Quebec’s Laval University, who co-led the research, according to EurekAlert.
One reason: While cholesterol-lowering statins and blood-pressure medicines have grown more common in wealthier countries, lower quality care persists in lower-income countries.
The results, drawn from 21 countries, were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress wrapping up in Paris.

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