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Cancer is the leading cause of death in WA

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - According to the State Health Department cancer tops heart disease as the leading cause of death in Washington. 

Health Officials said it is the first time cancer deaths have exceeded heart disease deaths. 

In 2004, 11,000 people died from cancer in the state of Washington, which is about 400 more than heart disease deaths.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be almost 29,000 new cancer cases for 2006.

American Cancer Society Representative Marilyn Bowman said, "I think when I personally realized that the estimated lung cancer death for women were actually higher than for breast cancer, colon cancer and cervical cancer combined. I was really surprised."

The study also reports other leading causes of death are stroke, lung disease, accident, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, suicide, the flu and pneumonia, and liver disease.