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Wales and Scotland have highest UK cancer rates

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39290.712488.DB (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:227
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The incidence of lung cancer in Scotland is more than 35% higher than in the United Kingdom as a whole, and overall is about 50% higher in men than in women. And the incidence of prostate cancer in Wales is 13% more than the UK average, according to a report from the Office of National Statistics for 2002-4.

    Overall, there were about 278 000 newly diagnosed cases of cancer and 154 000 deaths from cancer each year in the UK between 2002 and 2004, says the report.

    The three most common cancers for men were of the prostate, lung, and colorectum; for women they …

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