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Cornwall's Disease Hot Spots Revealed
11:20am 25th April 2014
(Updated 11:20am 25th April 2014)
A new map reveals where in Cornwall we are most likely to get potentially deadly diseases.
It shows that rates of lung cancer peak in Torpoint and Duloe. Heart disease is highest in Meneage and Camborne.
St Ives and Scilly are skin cancer hot spots, while the Roseland comes top for breast cancer risks.
The online tool, published by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College London, also maps air quality, levels of sunshine and pesticides, and chlorine by-products in the water supply.
Users can enter their postcode to assess the disease and environmental risks in their neighbourhood.
Dr Anna Hansell, lead author of the atlas, told Sky News: "Ideally if we could measure things on every single person in the country we would do that, but we can't.
"By getting to something closer to where people live and work then we hope to understand a bit more about their exposures and how that might relate to health."
The atlas also reveals that skin cancer is most common in the South West.
Yet it's the southeast that gets the most sunshine and researchers will now study whether other lifestyle factors may account for the higher risk in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
There are dense clusters of cases of liver cancer around Torpoint.
Dr Martin Lambord, a consultant liver specialist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said it could be put down to higher alcohol intake, the prevalence of hepatitis or obesity, or a combination of all these things.
He said the maps could be useful for people to make them aware of the issues they face.
"For the current generation it's about 'could I be at risk of liver disease?'" he said. "Have I put myself at risk of liver disease? Should I see my doctor and have a test?
"I think increasing awareness is important. Once patients are identified as having liver disease or diagnosed to have cirrhosis, it's very important to offer them early diagnosis for cancers.
"The other problem we find is it presents really late and only 5% of those cancers are curable."11:20am 25th April 2014
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