More women are dying of heart diseases, a new report reveals.
According to new mortality data, adult cancer death rates in the US dropped between 1999 and 2017.
But while heart disease deaths decreased by 22 percent from 1999 to 2011, they rose by four percent from 2011 to 2017, the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics show.
Women saw the worst increases in heart diseases deaths. The death rate for men increased three percent from 2011 to 2017, it was more than double for women - seven percent - over the same time period.
Cancer death rates among adults ages 45 and 64 fell by 19% from 1999 to 2017 while heart disease death rates decreased by 22% from 1999 to 2011, and then rose 4% from 2011 to 2017
Heart disease is the number one killer in every country including the US, and cancer is the second leading cause of death.
Although the two seem quite different, the report notes that they have similar risk factors including tobacco use, high blood pressure and obesity.
To reach their findings, the team looked at death certificates for adults for ages 45 to 64 between 1999 and 2017 in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
During the course of the study period, the cancer death rate remained higher than the heart disease heart rate.
Middle-aged white women saw the greatest increase in heart disease death rates at 12 percent between 2009 and 2017.
Black women also saw an increase in their death rates - about six percent from 2011 to 2017.
However, when it came to Hispanic women, this group saw a decline of 37