New atlas maps out Midlands’ bad health hotspots

What the atlas reveals:
Lung disease Mesothelioma – Areas of the Black Country including Bilston North and Darlaston South have an above average risk in women. The risk is much lower in men where the figures are among the lowest in the country. In Staffordshire the figures are average or below average risk.

Prostate cancer – The risk of contracting the disease is slightly higher than the national average in St Matthew’s, Walsall, Penn in Wolverhampton, St James’s in Dudley and Amblecote in Stourbridge.

Breast cancer – Women in West Bromwich have a below average risk of contacting the disease. There are pockets of above average risk in East Park, Wolverhampton, Willenhall South, Gornal and Bloxwich East.

Lung cancer – For women the chances of contacting the disease are average or below average across most of the West Midlands. But for men, there is a higher than average risk in a number of areas including Bliston East, Princes End in Sandwell and Willenhall North.

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