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“Astounding inequality” in England affects risk of dying from cancer, researchers report

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 12 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2925
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The risk of dying from cancer in some poorer areas of England is far higher than the risk seen in wealthier areas, with northern cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Hull, and Newcastle among the worst affected, a study has found.1

Researchers from Imperial College London analysed the risk of dying from 10 cancer types that had the largest death tolls in England’s 314 districts from 2002 to 2019. They reported that the risk of dying from cancer before age 80 had declined nationwide in men and women over that period, from one in six to one in eight among women and from one in five to one in six among men.

However, they also found that the risk of dying was higher in all adults in districts with more poverty. Among women the risk of …

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