Life expectancy for Americans rises

03/1/2005 | MSNBC

The life expectancy of the average American has increased to a record 77.6 years amid declines in major causes of death including cancer and heart disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics annual mortality report. The report also shows the gap between women's longevity and men's continues to narrow, with women living 80.1 years, 5.3 years longer than men and down from a 5.4-year gap in 2002. The difference was as high as 7.8 years in 1979.

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