Cancer overtakes heart disease as Australia’s biggest killer

  Cancer has become Australia’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for the first time to take more lives than any other ailment, a government health agency said in a report released on Tuesday. Indigenous Australians also fare much worse than non-indigenous on almost every health score, according to Australia’s Health 2016 report, complied by the government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and published every two years. The total number of deaths from cancer was 44,100 in 2013, the institute said, for the first time surpassing the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke. Lung cancer…
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