THE chances of getting prostate cancer are higher in East Staffordshire than many other parts of the UK, according to local statistics released by a national organisation.
Figures released by Cancer Research UK have shown the proportion of men being diagnosed with the condition is considerably higher than the national average, and worse than the figure in South Derbyshire.
East Staffordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said the high figure is related to the amount of older people living in the area, as that type of cancer is linked to age.
The figures, published earlier this week, show that 116.2 people in every 100,000 is diagnosed with the condition, compared to a national average of 105.8 and just 98.1 in South Derbyshire.
A spokesman for the CCG said: “Cancer survival rates are generally improving in East Staffordshire and we are working hard to improve early diagnosis.
“There is a direct link between incidence of prostate cancer and age. The higher than average age of the population of the area covered by the former South Staffs PCT is probably a factor in the higher incidence. Mortality rates from prostate cancer in East Staffordshire area continue to decrease and rates are similar to the England average.”
In general, the amount of people diagnosed with cancer in East Staffordshire was slightly below the national average, while in South Derbyshire, slightly more people suffered from the condition.
Instances of other types of cancer - cervical, lung and bowel were listed – are widely in line with the national average.
The figures have been compiled by Cancer Research UK to provide people with a comprehensive breakdown of the cancer situation in their local area. It aims to provide context for members of the public and decision-makers, in the hope it can inform decision making.
A stark north-south divide has been presented by the figures, with the south having less cancer than the north.