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A new report finds that people who are old, poor or living in urban areas are more likely to be affected by cancer.

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The study by the National Cancer Registry, shows that whether a person gets and survives cancer will depend largely on their age, finances and where they live.

People living in urban areas stand a much greater risk of developing cancer than those in rural parts of the country.

In fact, cancer rates are up to 38 per cent higher in towns and cities.

The National Cancer Registry is tracking who gets what and where – and it’s trying to find a pattern in terms of treatment and survival.

According to the latest research your risk of developing Cancer increases depending on your age, location, financial status and treatment.

The incidence of cancer in the most deprived 20 per cent of the population is 10 per cent greater for men and 4 per cent higher for women than the best-off 20 per cent in the country.

The stats also suggest that lifestyle may impact significantly on health with lung cancer more common among poorer sections of society where smoking is more prevalent and skin cancers, caused by sun damage, seen more often in affluent patients.

But the bottom line is that patients from the most deprived areas are 40 per cent more likely to die within 5 years of Cancer diagnosis.