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Cancer Killing More Washingtonians than Heart Disease

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Cancer is now the leading cause of death in the state.  Health officials say it's killing more people than heart disease for the first time.

They believe a statewide drop in smoking is responsible.  The latest statistics from 2004 show nearly 11,000 people died from cancer that year, 400 more than heart disease deaths.

A report also shows Washington has a higher death rate from strokes, suicide and Alzheimer's disease than the rest of the country.

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