Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.
Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of cancer. While death rates for both have been falling for nearly 25 years, heart disease has dropped at a steeper rate.
As a result, cancer moved up to the top slot in 22 states in 2014, according to the latest government figures.
It's also the leading cause of death in certain groups of people, including Hispanics, Asians, and adults ages 40 to 79.