Cancer is on the verge of overtaking heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death. Heart disease and cancer are primarily diseases of aging. As we continue to make progress on treating heart disease the reason for death has shifted. Fewer people succumbing to heart disease means more people living long enough to die from cancer.
A century ago average life expectancy at birth was in the low to mid-50s. Now it is almost 79, and if you make it to 65 you’re likely to live into your mid-80s. The median age of cancer death is 72. More and more of us are living long enough for it to get us.
As we continue to try to defeat the diseases that end our lives, a never-ending procession of funerals reminds us that eventually something will get us all. Our only hope for eternal life is in Jesus Christ. --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”