NEWS
01/07/2016 10:13 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

New health statistics show cancer is becoming the leading cause of death in more and more states

NEW YORK — .

Cancer death rates actually have been falling for nearly 25 years, but deaths from heart disease — the No. 1 killer nationwide — have been dropping at a steeper rate.

As a result, in 2014, cancer was the top cause of death in 22 states.

It's also the leading cause of death in certain groups of people, including Hispanics, Asians, and adults ages 40 to 79.

The trend is noted in the American Cancer Society's latest annual report on cancer statistics, released Thursday.

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Online:

Cancer society report: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21332/full

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press