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Cancer still leading cause of death in S. Korea

Sep 22, 2020

Sejong (South Korea), September 22: Cancer remained the top cause of death in South Korea, a government report showed Tuesday.
In 2019, a total of 295,110 deaths were reported in South Korea, down 1.2 percent from a year earlier. It marked the first annual decline since 2013.
The statistics agency said 574.8 deaths were reported per 100,000 South Koreans last year.
It also said 158.2 per 100,000 people died of cancer last year. Cancer has been the No. 1 cause of death in the country since 1983.
Heart disease is the second-largest cause of death for South Koreans, with 60.4 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by pneumonia with 45.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
Source: Yonhap News Agency