A new website has revealed how Dafen ranks for potentially fatal conditions, including cancer and heart disease, when compared to national averages.
According to the Environmental Health Atlas for England and Wales, a new online tool developed by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) based at Imperial College London, women living in the Dafen census ward statistically have the lowest risk levels for heart disease in Carmarthenshire – and among the lowest in Wales – when compared to averages across England and Wales. And in the same category, men in Dafen have a relative risk which is average. The relative risk for kidney disease for both men and women in Dafen is average, while the relative risk is below average for lung cancer. However the relative risk for some other types of cancer is above average.
The atlas provides interactive maps of geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood scale in England and Wales.
By inputting a postcode into the atlas, users can zoom into a neighbourhood and examine health and environmental maps for their local area. The maps have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of health conditions in England and Wales. It also provides contextual information such as known risk factors for the health conditions and a summary of what is known about possible health effects associated with environmental agents mapped in the atlas including pollution, sunshine and pesticides. The maps provide information about risks and concentrations for areas, but risks and exposures for individuals living in those areas may differ.
To explore the maps visit: www.envhealthatlas.co.uk
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