LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Heart Disease is no longer the leading cause of death in Wisconsin, but the alternative is still concerning.

Cancer deaths continue to climb in the state despite a fall in heart disease deaths. According to officials, the change from heart disease to cancer was expected and happened in other states already.

Doctors say living a healthy life style can decrease heart disease while many cancers occur regardless of your choices, but there are still steps you can take.

"There's not going to be a single thing that's going to eliminate cancer as a disease. I think certainly we've seen a lot of impacts now on the effects of cancer. In many cases, even if it can't be cured it's being turned into more of a chronic disease like diabetes or high blood pressure,” said Gundersen Health System Oncologist Roger Kwong, MD.

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Minnesota since 2000.