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Cornwall's biggest health risks revealed in new map

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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A new online map details the prevalence of various health issues across the country

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PEOPLE in Cornwall have a relatively high risk of skin cancer and breast cancer according to a new online map which allows you to see the biggest health risks in your area at the click of a mouse.

The website gives clues as to geographical patterns of various diseases across England and Wales, and also factors in environmental factors such as air pollution, sunshine and pesticides.

It is the first time in the UK that researchers have produced such detailed maps.

Researchers at Imperial College London looked at 8,800 wards measuring 100 by 100 metres in England and Wales, each with a population of 6,000 people.

They collected data from the Office for National Statistics and from cancer registries for 1985 to 2009.

Data was then mapped alongside region-by-region variations in environmental factors such as air pollution, sunshine and pesticides.

The data was also adjusted for age, deprivation and to take into account small numbers.

Researchers said this was the first tool of its kind.

Prof Paul Pharoah, professor of cancer epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, said: “This atlas does not enable anyone to judge their individual absolute risk.

“People should definitely not use this atlas to decide where to live.”

He said it would be ‘wrong to imply’ any causal association between any of the environmental exposures and any of the health outcomes described in the atlas.

View the map here

Diseases and conditions included in the study

Lung cancer

Breast cancer

Prostate cancer

Malignant melanoma

Bladder cancer

Leukaemia

Brain cancer

Mesothelioma

Liver cancer

Coronary heart disease mortality

COPD mortality

Kidney disease mortality

Still birth

Low birth weight

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