The leading causes of death in the metropolitan Kansas City area remain heart disease and cancer. Death rates for both, however, declined over the 10 years from 2003 to 2013 — as did the rates for most of the leading causes of death.
One notable exception: Rates of death from Alzheimer's disease rose slightly. Another notable exception: Suicides jumped nearly 30 percent.
The tables below are from the 2015 Regional Health Assessment for Greater Kansas City, which was released last week. The Mid-America Regional Council assembled the data on behalf of the REACH Healthcare Foundation.