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New Tool Highlights North South Divide in Cancer Rates

August 20, 2013
Public Health

Cancer Research UK’s new tool which provides a breakdown of cancer statistics?searchable by area has illustrated big discrepancies in care and survival rates across the country. The Local Cancer Statistics website compares areas by incidence of cancer, early diagnosis, survival, mortality, screening rates, types of cancer, waiting times for specialists, and issues such as smoking rates. Liverpool, has the highest incidence of the disease with 498.4 people out of every 100,000 being affected. That figure is almost twice the rate found in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and considerably higher than the national average for England of 398.1. Data for the rest of the country shows that Glasgow has the highest rates in Scotland while in Wales, Merthyr Tydfil came out worst.

The figures, which generally show big differences between affluent areas and poorer parts of the UK, are no surprise to Paul Moss, Head Of the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre who said ?It has been known for hundreds of years that much of health inequality relates to relative wealth.” Cancer Research hope that by highlighting such differences?the tool will begin to address what has become a post code lottery as Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis and Patient Engagement at the charity explained; ? it?s easier to identify where we?re doing well, and where we could do better, and how we could potentially learn from others. This will pinpoint where we need to improve to help ensure everyone gets the best care possible.?

You can access The Local Cancer Statistics Website at here.

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