A Snapshot Of Chronic Disease In Alaska


A new brief report produced by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Alaska has cited cancer as the leading cause of death in the state, with 29% of deaths in 2009 being caused by the disease.

Heart disease and stroke account for the 2nd and 5th leading cause of death in Alaska, while diabetes ranked 8th.  The report also points out the preventable nature of these chronic diseases, and the fact that Alaskans in general have less access to preventable services than the rest of the country.

In providing a link to the Alaska HHS Division of Public Health, the HHS is encouraging people to become more versed in the options available to help prevent chronic diseases.

Here are a few more interesting pieces from the report: