GMAT Critical Reasoning
In 1995, the most common fatal disease in the U.S was heart disease, followed by cancer and respiratory illness. The prevailing rates of cancer and respiratory illness increase with age, but heart disease is found at similar rates among adults of all ages. The U.S. adult population's average age will increase between 1995 and 2005.
Which of the following conclusions about fatal diseases in the U.S. can be most properly drawn based on the information given above?
- A Heart disease will be the most common fatal disease in the U.S. in 2005.
- B The average age of individuals diagnosed with any of the diseases will be higher in 2005 than in 1995.
- C Heart disease will be less common than cancer and respiratory illness in 2005.
- D By the year 2005, at least half the adult population of the U.S. will suffer from one or more of the diseases mentioned.
- E The number of individuals who suffer from heart disease will be greater in 2005 than it was in 1995.
Correct Answer: B