East Sussex residents ‘least likely to develop disease’

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Residents of East Sussex are the least likely to develop a major medical condition, according to research by a national health provider.

Benenden has analysed national statistics available in the Small Area Health Statistics Unit’s Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales to assess the risk of disease in regions across the UK.

East Sussex came back as the area with the most reduced risk, when compared to the national average.

Medical conditions most common in East Sussex include low birth weight, breast cancer, leukaemia and kidney disease, but cases of these all still sit below the national average.

Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that can develop in the tissues covering the lungs or the abdomen, is the only medical condition where cases reported in females in East Sussex are above the national average. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and prostate cancer are the only conditions above the national average for males in East Sussex.

For some serious conditions, including cancer and liver disease, East Sussex residents are seven per cent less likely to develop the illness than people elsewhere in the country.

From its research, Benenden has created a tool that allows people to enter their gender and postcode to check which diseases are most likely in their region, based on cases of a specific disease per 1,000 people.

The region with the highest risk of disease is Hampshire.

Click here to use the tool.

Benenden stressed the tool does not constitute medical advice and anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their GP.

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