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Scottish face higher cancer risk

Someone from the west of Scotland is 50% more likely to be diagnosedwith lung cancer than anybody else in the UK, according to a report.

The statistics from the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN)also showed that residents in the west of Scotland were 15% more likelybe diagnosed with the disease than people from other parts of Scotland.

There was also a 30% chance of dying from lung cancer compared to thoseelsewhere in Scotland, and the rate of people dying from the diseasewas 50% higher than in the rest of Britain.

The figures, contained in an NCIN report, are to be unveiled at a majorcancer conference in Birmingham. Higher levels of deprivation werepartly to blame, experts said.

Professor David Forman, of the NCIN, who is based at the University ofLeeds, said: "Smoking rates are around 5% higher in Scotland than therest of the UK, and this significantly contributes to the higher ratesof lung cancer - smoking is responsible for nearly nine in 10 cases oflung cancer.

"We know that smoking rates are linked to deprivation - rates are about 10% higher in working class communities."

The figures, compiled this year, are based on new cancer cases anddeaths recorded in 2005, before the ban on smoking in public placescame into place in Scotland in 2006.

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