Media reports indicate that non-infectious chronic diseases have become the major threat to human health in China.
According to a report filed by that country's official Xinhua news agency, deaths from such diseases account for 85 percent of annual deaths in China.
A 2008 national survey on mortality cause in China showed that the figure was up from 53 percent in 1973. Such diseases result in 3.7 million deaths annually.
The Disease Prevention and Control Bureau under the Ministry of Health, and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the study.
It was released at a national forum on prevention and control of chronic diseases in Chongqing.
The four most dangerous non-infectious chronic diseases were listed as cerebrovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and heart disease.
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the world, accounting for 60 percent of all deaths, reports the World Health Organization.