5 May 2000
Cancer risk in countryside
COUNTRY dwellers are four times as likely to get cancer than people living in towns and cities, new research by the Cancer Research Campaign claims.
Difficulties in access to specialist treatment – where conditions could be diagnosed earlier – and a concern that victims may struggle on, could explain the disparity, reports the Daily Mail.
Dr Neil Campbell from the University of Aberdeen, who led the study, said: “Our research has gone some way to dispel the myth that living in rural areas improves your health.
“We have highlighted a problem, but we need to investigate it more fully to find solutions.”