Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death among San Diego County residents, it was announced today.
There were 4,812 cancer deaths in San Diego County in 2007, compared to 4,743 deaths from heart disease, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
"Cancer is the new leading cause of death of San Diego County residents," said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "However, it's because heart disease deaths have decreased faster than cancer deaths."
While the number of people who died of cancer remained relatively flat over a five-year period, the number of heart disease deaths dropped 12 percent from 5,404 in 2003 to 4,743 in 2007, according to the county.
Despite the number of people who died of cancer, there are signs that progress is being made to combat the disease.
The cancer death rate registered for every 100,000 people in San Diego County dropped from 175 in 2003 to 162 in 2007, according to the statistics provided by the HHSA.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.