Statistics about Chronic Illness


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Chronic Illness. The term 'prevalence' of Chronic Illness usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Chronic Illness at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Chronic Illness refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Chronic Illness diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Chronic Illness: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Chronic Illness)
  Prevalance of Chronic Illness: 90 million people in USA (CDC)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 3 or 33.09% or 90 million people in USA [about data]
Death and mortality statistics for Chronic Illness:
  Deaths from Chronic Illness: 1,634,976 deaths (68.4% of deaths) from top-5 chronic diseases: heart disease, cancers, stroke, COPD, and diabetes (CDC/1999)
  Death statistics for Chronic Illness: The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Chronic Illness:
  • Chronic diseases estimated to account for almost of all deaths by 2020 (Institute for International Health Web Site)

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