Cancer is main cause of death in Britain

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:571
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Cancer has now overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in Britain.

    Figures released last week by the Cancer Research Campaign show that 156890 people in the United Kingdom died of cancer in 1996, compared with 148186 who died of coronary heart disease. This is a reversal of previous trends; heart disease has been the leading cause of death for many years. In 1992 it …

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