Study finds patients living in rural areas are less likely to die from cancer

A study has found that patients living in rural areas are 29 per cent less likely to die from their disease than those in cities. Researchers postulated that it is easier to get GP appointments in rural areas, which results in better relationships with GPs and better care.

The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, examined 926 Scottish patients with bowel cancer. The findings contradict earlier research which showed that people who had to travel further for treatment had a higher risk of dying.

Commenting on the findings Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs said:

"It’s encouraging that this study demonstrates GPs and our teams in remote and rural areas are overcoming the specific challenges facing them, and delivering good cancer care. This should reassure patients who live in remote areas, and/or have longer travelling times to their local GP practice, that the quality of care that they receive is not affected”.

The story was covered by The Times here and and the British Journal of General Practice study can be read here.

Page published: Mon 12 June 2017

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