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People in North Devon at higher risk of developing skin cancer, according to new health map

By NDJFran  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

This map by the Small Area Health Statistics unit shows the risk of women in North Devon getting skin cancer.

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AN interactive map shows the areas in North Devon where people are most at risk of a range of health conditions.

It shows people living in the region are at a relatively low risk of developing illnesses such as lung, liver and bladder cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

However, people living in North Devon are at a higher risk of suffering from skin cancer, with women in Georgeham, Braunton, Appledore and parts of Barnstaple being most affected.

Men in Ilfracombe have the highest risk of contracting the condition.

Simon Chant, public health specialist at Devon County Council said: “The health map shows Devon as having a higher than national risk of skin cancer and this is one of the key priorities highlighted in our joint strategic needs assessment for action, and is the focus of a major campaign being launched next month.”

The majority of people in North Devon are at an average risk of having a stillbirth and having a child with a low birth weight.

They are also at an average risk of developing leukaemia, but the risk of suffering from mesothelioma is relatively above average.

The map, produced by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College London, can be viewed online at www.envhealthatlas.co.uk

It also gives details of air quality, levels of sunshine, pesticides and chlorine by-product in water supplies.

The view the maps click here.

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