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What is the leading cause of death in this area?

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death in North Carolina is cancer, followed by heart disease.

The CDC does not break down the data by county or city, and the most recent information available is from 2007.

The 2011 New Hanover County Community Health Assessment revealed New Hanover County and North Carolina shared the same top five leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer (all sites), cerebrovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New Hanover County with 1,982 deaths from 2005-2009.

New Hanover County’s death rate is higher than the rate for North Carolina – 200.5 per 100,000 persons compared to 191.7.

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