Non-communicable diseases are world's leading cause of death

September 16, 2011 2:20:46 PM PDT
Cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease kill about 36 million people every year.

Experts say they are global killers, and unlike infectious illnesses, they all are largely preventable.

These non-communicable diseases are now said to be the leading cause of death worldwide by a wide margin. That's why health experts and leaders from 193 nations plan to meet next week at the United Nations to discuss strategies to lower the death toll.

This will be the first time the UN has actually focused on the major killer of most people.

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