The ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of disease in Bradford: An inverse correlation between coronary disease and skin cancer.
January 19, 2012
In a collaboration with Beacon Dodsworth, the North West Public Health Observatory used P² People & Places and the national Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data to investigate the effect of lifestyles on disease rates. We found some interesting results…
The method used was to scan the HES data for the incidence of certain diseases as classified by the International Classification of Disease. Because disease rates change with ageing, to model the effects of lifestyle and other demographic characteristics, the data were analysed in age bands separately before being combined.
The animated map below compares the incidence of coronary disease and skin cancer in the Bradford Local Authority area. The deeper the red the higher the likelihood of developing the disease. It is interesting to note the inverse correlation – where one is higher than average the other is lower than average.
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Posted by Geoff Beacon, Chairman at Beacon Dodsworth.