According to a new survey it was revealed that cancer becomes the leading cause of death in rich countries. Cancer has surpassed cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in many nations.
Among the middle-aged adults from 35 to 70 years old, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death worldwide. However, in high-income and middle-income countries, cancer has become more prevalent. These countries are Sweden, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Poland, and Turkey.
The study analyzed the leading causes of death in the 5 continents. The senior author of the study, Dr. Salim Yusuf, distinguished professor and executive director at the Population Health Research Institute said, “We have been watching the decline in cardiovascular disease for a while in many countries,” he said. “It was just a matter of time that the progress we make in reducing cardiovascular disease mortality will lead to a fall in death rates from cardiovascular disease below that of cancers.”
As per the researchers “this epidemiological transition” could be due to the betterment in the treatment of cardiovascular disease in high-income countries.