Sheffield is a cancer hotspot

Dr Patricia Fisher with the Linear Accelerator at Weston park Hospital
Dr Patricia Fisher with the Linear Accelerator at Weston park Hospital

Sheffield residents are being urged to live more healthily and visit their GPs if they spot possible symptoms – after figures revealed the city is a hotspot for cancer.

The worrying statistics show more people are dying from cancer in Sheffield than elsewhere in the country.

For every 100,000 residents, 185 lives were claimed between 2009 and 2011 – above the national average of 172.

Dr Patricia Fisher clinical director of oncology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said unhealthy lifestyles were the cause and urged patients to see their GP at the first sign of symptoms.

The statistics were released by Cancer Research UK and map survival and incidence rates. The figures show premature cancer deaths in Sheffield are also higher than average.

For every 100,000 city residents, 118 under 75s died from cancer from 2008 to 2010, against a national picture of 110.

Death rates for breast, bowel and prostate cancer were in line with the rest of the country – but the lung cancer was higher, with nearly 60 per 100,000 developing the deadly disease, 11 higher than average.

The overall incidence of cancer was higher than average too, with 423 cases in every 100,000 compared with 398.

Dr Fisher, said: “Unhealthy lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, diet and alcohol, as well as industrial exposure increase the prevalence of cancer in cities like Sheffield.

“However, the good news is our one-year survival rate is above the national average and Weston Park hospital has some of the UK’s most innovative equipment and best facilities, which are currently being expanded.

“It is important for patients to avoid the risk factors and to see their doctors if they have any concerns, there are so many more treatment options available and the quicker patients are diagnosed the better.”

Natalie Hague, of Greenhill, whose husband Paul, 45, died from leukaemia said he was treated quickly and she was surprised by the figures.

She said: “As soon as Paul showed symptoms , they had him straight in hospital.”