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Cancer Overtaking Heart Disease as Top U.S. Killer

Timothy Kasunic, MD, can provide comment on findings by the American Cancer Society that show cancer has overtaken heart disease as the number one killer among Hispanics in the U.S. Researchers focused on 2009 federal death data and found 29,935 Hispanics died of cancer compared to 29,611 who died of heart disease. Researchers speculate that cancer will replace heart disease as the nation’s top cause of death in the next 10 years.

The study is published in the September/October issue of the American Cancer Society publication, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Dr. Kasunic has been a board-certified oncologist for the past six years. He completed his fellowship and residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburg, Pa., and a Medical Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Kasunic is a medical oncologist with the Toledo Clinic and chairman for the ProMedica Central Region Cancer Committee.

Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,300 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians with more than 400 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 306 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.

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