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Scottish cancer death rates 61% higher among poor

From BBC - October 31, 2017

Death rates from cancer are 61% higher in the most deprived areas of Scotland, according to the latest figures.

NHS Scotland found living in a poor area affected your chance of survival despite an 11% drop in the number of deaths from all cancers since 2006.

There were also 27% more cancers diagnosed in deprived areas compared with the most affluent last year.

Campaigners have called for more to be done to understand and address the disparity.

The figures showed that in 2016 a total of 15,814 people died from cancer in Scotland, with lung cancer the most common cause of death, accounting for 4,035 deaths.

Over the decade to 2016, the lung cancer death rate for men had dropped by 23%, compared with 6% for women, reflecting "historical trends in the prevalence of smoking".

Cancers that were associated with smoking "tended to be strongly correlated with deprivation", the report said.

Main risk factors

For cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung, incidence and death rates were three times higher in the most deprived areas compared with the wealthiest.

That was despite the death rate for all cancers combined falling by 11% - with men seeing a 13% drop in mortality rates compared with 7% for women.

Breast cancer mortality decreased by 17% for women, while for men the prostrate cancer death rate fell by 7%.

'Devastating toll'

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