Cancer will overtake cardiovascular disease such as heart and stroke as the UK’s biggest killer, according to scientists’ predictions.
A decline in smoking could reduce cardiovascular deaths
The number of people dying from cardiovascular disease has dropped across Britain and most of the Europe. It is thought that improved preventative measures such as statins and a decline in smoking are helping the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease drop.
The research was led by Dr Melanie Nichols of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre at the University of Oxford. It was published in the European Heart Journal.
Dr Nichols said that cancer had already taken over cardiovascular disease as the biggest killer in one European country, Denmark. The report also said that there were countries where cancer causes more deaths than heart disease in men. The list includes Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and San Marino.
In Europe cardiovascular disease is responsible for the highest number of deaths, closely followed by cancer.
Dr Nick Townsend, a co-author on the research, believes that there are a few factors that have meant fewer people are dying from cardiovascular disease.
He said: “This is probably due to improvements in the behavioural risk factors associated with CVD, such as decreases in the number of people smoking tobacco, along with better treatments, including preventive ones, such as the increasing use of statins.”
However scientists have predicted that these decreasing trends may be reversed as the obesity levels in the UK continues to rise.
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