This was based on a study done in 2013.
Ranked from 1st to 5th
1. Heat Disease
4. Lower Respiratory Infections
5. Other Lung diseases/Lung Cancer
Two alarm facts .... One
was that for the leading causes of death in the United States, Cancer was Number 2. In the world, Lung Cancer was the one that made the list as Number 5, part of other lung diseases.Two
The increasing presence of lung related deaths. For the past 3 years, COPD has steadily bern increasing as the cause for deaths. Years ago, it wasnt on the list. The fact that so many deaths worldwide center are lung issues, you have to wonder the cause. I know smoking is one of the major reasons.
When I looked deeper into some of the statistics, chronic pain/spinal issues were not directly mentioned. Indirectly, some of that could be lumped under suicides. We know what chronic pain can do to one's emotional stability. But, the data does not directly support deaths caused by chronic pain. I am sure there could be some additional arguments, such as overdose from medications....
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences