Our health and where we live

These maps show how the chances of falling victim to a deadly disease are higher in some parts of the country than others.

Covering heart disease, strokes and the most common cancers, they provide a compelling illustration of how a man living in Dorset can expect to liver longer than a man living in Glasgow.

Male stroke deaths

There is a stark north/south divide. All of Scotland records high or very high deather rates, and average rates begin south of the border in Berwick and Carlisle. Most of the North East and Cumbria also show very high rates, and there are more poor findings in the North West.

Only East London rates in the high category in southern England, and most of London records very low figures.

Female stroke deaths

Again a poor picture for Scotland, all of which rates as high or very high. But there are also very high results in districts like Congleton and Staffordshire Moorlands and West Lindsey in Lincolnshire that are not usually associated with high levels of deprivation.

There is a hotspot at Oswestry on the Welsh borders. Nowhere in London records a worse-than-average rate.

Male cancer deaths

A bleak picture in urban Scotland, showing high death rates around Glasgow and Edinburgh, in Dundee and Aberdeen. The same goes for the North East, Manchester and Liverpool, Hull and pockets of the Midlands and South Wales.

In Greater London, death rates are very high in Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Barking and Dagenham.

Female cancer deaths

Bands of high risk include much of Scotland, the North East, North West and Yorkshire. In southern England, cancer deaths among women are at their highest in East London. But there are hotspots in the Medway towns of Kent and Milton Keynes.

Female alcohol-related deaths

The results of heavy drinking are evident in Scotland, but there is no sign of a high death rate in the North East, Blackpool and the North West show very high death rates as does Wyre Forest.

In London, very high risks are recorded for Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

Male alcohol-related deaths

Scotland again shows the effects of heavy drinking. Blackpool and Preston, Merseyside and the North West and central and west London - including the boroughs of Houslow, Easling, Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westmiinster, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Lambeth and Southwark - also show very high death rates. Coventry is a hotspot in the West Midlands.

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