Cancer rates depend on age, location and financial status, says new report

People in urban areas stand a much greater risk of developing cancer

Cancer, Ireland, location, survival rates, financial status, National Cancer Registry

Geographic distribution by deprivation | Image: National Cancer Registry

A new report finds that people who are old, poor or living in urban areas are more likely to be affected by cancer.

The National Cancer Registry shows that whether a person gets and survives cancer will depend largely on their age, finances and where they live.

People living in urban areas stand a much greater risk of developing cancer than those in rural parts of the country.

In fact, cancer rates are up to 38% higher in towns and cities.

The National Cancer Registry is tracking who gets what and where - it is also trying to find a pattern in terms of treatment and survival.

According to the latest research, your risk of developing cancer increases depending on your age, location, financial status and treatment.

The incidents of cancer in the most deprived 20% of the population is 10% greater for men and 4% higher for women than the best off 20% in the country.

For certain cancers, the gap is even higher: cervical cancer is 120% more common in the most deprived sections of society.

The figures also suggest that lifestyle may impact significantly on health - with lung cancer more common among poorer sections of society where smoking is more prevalent - and skin cancers, caused by sun damage, seen more often in affluent patients.

But the bottom line is that patients from the most deprived areas are 40% more likely to die within five years of cancer diagnosis.

The report focuses on the patients diagnosed with cancer during the years 2008 to 2012.

Findings are presented for cancer as a whole and for nine major cancer types: colorectal, stomach, lung, female breast, cervical and prostate cancers, melanoma of skin, lymphoma and leukaemia.

Read the full report here