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Cancer survival worse in poor areas

Cancer survival rates are worse in poor areas such as Blackpool, Barnsley, Manchester, Cumbria and County Durham, according to the Office for National Statistics.

People living in these and 62 similar deprived "Spearhead" primary care trusts (PCTs) have less chance of being alive five years after diagnosis than elsewhere in the country.

Overall, one-year and five-year survival rates among men are lower in the Spearhead PCTs for each of the seven cancers examined.

For women, rates are lower for seven out of nine cancers. For cancers of the cervix and ovary, five-year survival is similar in Spearhead PCTs to the rest of England.

The cancers examined are bladder, breast, cervix, colon, lung, oesophagus, ovary, prostate, rectum and stomach. The biggest differences between Spearhead and other PCTs are for cancers of the bladder and rectum.

The five-year survival rate for cancer of the rectum is 4.2% lower for men (46.6% compared with 50.8% elsewhere) and 3.6% lower for woman (50.1% compared with 53.7%).

The survival rate for bladder cancer is 3.3% lower for men and 4.5% lower for women (57.1% for men compared with 60.4%; and 49.1% for women compared with 53.6%).

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