Health Inequalities

  • 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime
  • 40% of cancer are preventable as they are related lifestyle risk factors
  • Poorer outcomes for population groups in the more deprived quintiles due to late diagnoses
  • Pandemic and cost of living crisis has exacerbated the above issues

A new report from the Institute of Health Equity makes the case for   prioritising reducing fuel poverty to address health inequalities and provides   a useful framework for healthcare institutes to address health inequalities.

People living with cancer in the most socio-economically deprived areas:

  • are 20% more likely to have their cancer diagnosed at a late stage
  • receive only half the number of referrals to early stage clinical trials
  • face almost 25% more emergency admissions in the last year of life compared to people in the least deprived areas

People with the lowest incomes:

  • are almost twice as likely to report a need for more emotional support
  • are twice as likely to want more practical support inside the home
  • are three times more likely to need practical support outside the home than people with a higher income

Above: An engagement event with The Friends of Caswell Thompson and SWAG primary Care networks aimed at supporting balanced decision making in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer in Black men

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