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Report claims cancer will lead WI deaths for first time this year

MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report claims more people in Wisconsin will die from cancer this year than any other cause. 

If that turns out to be true, it would be the first year cancer has surpassed heart disease as the state's leading cause of death. The numbers come from the Wisconsin Cancer Facts and Figures 2013 and estimate 11,220 Wisconsinites will die from cancer this year.

"Today's report is a reminder that despite all the progress we've made at  better detecting,  treating and beating cancer, there is still much more work that needs to be done," said Allison Miller, Wisconsin government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
The report states that lung cancer is still Wisconsin's top cancer killer. Nearly 2,100 people will die from it this year. About 90 percent of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, according to the American Cancer Society.

The report is published by the American Cancer Society and uses numbers from the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. You can check out the full report here.
WKOW has reached out to the American Heart Association about the study, which says it doesn't necessarily agree with the report. The Heart Association says it goes by numbers from the Centers for Disease Control.


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