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Breast cancer rates change based on where you live in England

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 18/05/2017 Francesca Rice

Breast cancer rates change based on where you live in England © Isabelle Schnoeckel / Getty Breast cancer rates change based on where you live in England Women living in the south of England are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those living elsewhere in the country, a statistical analysis has shown. 

Research compiled by the Mail Online and verified by the charity Cancer Research UK suggests there is a north/south divide when it comes to breast cancer rates.

The south west and east of the country have an above average incidence rate of 178 and 177 cases per 100,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, among those living in the north west and east, as well as the midlands, between 165 and 172 women out of every 100,000 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Those least likely to be diagnosed live in London and Yorkshire, the research concluded. The newspaper did not examine breast cancer rate data in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Cancer Research UK believes that attendance at breast cancer screenings is probably responsible, as the regions where women are more likely to attend screenings have a correspondingly higher diagnosis rate.

Katie Edmunds, Cancer Research UK's health information officer, said: 'Differences in breast cancer incidence across the country could reflect variations in how many women attend breast screening.

'In areas with greater screening uptake, the rate of breast cancer diagnosis is likely to be higher. But in places where fewer women attend screenings, it's likely that less cases will be diagnosed.'

Cancer Research UK also told the newspaper that regional differences could also be down to local factors, including levels of obesity, alcohol consumption and exercise.

'It's also likely that other things that affect the risk of breast cancer, such as obesity, alcohol consumption and levels of physical activity are playing a role, too,' added Kate Edmunds.

'It could be that in areas where women are exposed to these risk factors, rates of breast cancer are higher.'

Of course, early diagnosis should be seen in a positive light: More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive for at least five years.

Visit your GP if you are concerned about developing breast cancer.

Related: Breast Cancer Cells Spread In Groups (Provided by Wochit News)

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