September 12, 2011 by USA Post
Bowel Cancer, PEOPLE living in parts of Scotland are three times more likely to die of bowel cancer than anywhere else in the UK, according to the classification published today.
Glasgow was cited as the worst in the country by the number of deaths from the disease per year, followed by Orkney and Falkirk. Borders came tenth in the list.
The charity Beating Bowel Cancer published rates per 100,000 populations in conjunction with an online map that allows users to find the mortality rate according to your zip code.
He said that if all parts of the country shared the lowest rates of death, more than 5,000 lives a year would be saved.
Bowel cancer hits CEO Mark Flannagan said colon cancer is one of the “last taboos”, but insisted the high rates were just another example of poor health record in Scotland.
He said: “This is not to blame anyone doing well in colon cancer Early diagnosis is key and scan jobs We have to continue the work we are doing….
“It’s hard to know why there are variations. It could even be earlier diagnosis in one region over another, or changes in the population itself. Only a few people early diagnosis can have a marked effect on rates. This map asks more questions than answers.
“Too many people are dying of bowel cancer, no matter where they live. Colorectal cancer deaths could and should be much less common. Early diagnosis is key for what today we call on people to take responsibility for the risk of bowel cancer.
“It will be very important for local NHS organizations to consider the information in their own areas and use it to inform potential changes in service delivery. There is clearly more work to do and that is more important than ever that the measures outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy is implemented at local level ”
Mr Flannagan said the map is continuously updated from now on and praised the selection program of Scotland, which begins at the age of 50 years, ten years before in England, Wales and parts of Northern Ireland.
Glasgow had a mortality rate of 31.1 per 100,000 per year; almost double the UK average of 17.6. Rossendale, Lancashire, and Crawley, West Sussex, both had the lowest rate of 9.2 per 100,000 populations.
All figures from 2008, the latest available in bowel cancer. The organization said it expected the updated numbers would be available soon.
No data were available for the Western Isles, said the charity.
Cancer experts warn that although people wanted to detect the disease, the numbers were too simplistic.
Falkirk had the third highest mortality rate of 27.6 per 100,000, but had the lowest Stirling in Scotland 10 per 100,000. The health authority itself and specialists in the NHS Forth Valley serve both.
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