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Liverpool has highest lung cancer mortality rate

12th July 2011

A report by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has found that Liverpool Primary Care Trust has the highest number of deaths from lung cancer in England.

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The report also showed that Manchester and Liverpool had the highest number of cases of the disease.

The foundation claimed that a patient in Herefordshire had triple the chance of surviving lung cancer than someone in Liverpool.

The report, Explaining Variations in Lung Cancer Care in England, said there were variations in how lung cancer patients were cared for in different areas of England.

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "Your chance of surviving lung cancer and receiving a treatment which could benefit you should not be decided by where you live in the country."

"Sadly, it is clear that this is indeed the case and there is significant geographical variation in patient survival and patient access to care and treatment." 

She said it was hoped that the report will make improvements to care and raise survival rates around the country.

The report said lung cancer was the number one cause of deaths from cancer in England and a huge problem was late diagnosis.

It said less than a third (30%) of people with lung cancer lived for longer than a year after being diagnosed, while 96% of breast cancer patients lived more than a year. 

 

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