Study shows chances of surviving cancer 'based on where you live'

Study shows chances of surviving cancer 'based on where you live'

New research shows people living in poorer areas are twice as likely to die from cancer.

A new map of cancer death rates, compiled by the Centre for Health Geo-informatics at NUI Maynooth, shows death rates in some areas - particularly some of the poorest parts of Dublin - are more than twice as high as rates in more affluent areas.

The map shows cancer death rates varied from 381 per 100,000 in Blakestown North-West in Dublin to 128 per 100,000 in Castleknock South-East.

The Head of Advocacy and Communications at the Irish Cancer Society, Kathleen O’Meara, says although cancer affects all parts of Irish society, some people are more at risk than others.

She said: "Figures been compiled by the National University in Maynooth show that the cancer gap is widening in Ireland.

"These figures show that in some disadvantaged areas of Dublin the cancer death rate is far higher than in the more affluent areas.

"We don’t believe that it is acceptable that your chances of surviving cancer should be based on where you live or what your economic status is."


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