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What areas in London have the highest risk of disease?

A new "health atlas" has revealed the risk of diseases found in various areas of London.

The website - launched today by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College London - allows members of the public to search across the country or by postcode for the relative distribution of conditions such as heart disease and various forms of cancer.

The study measured the number of people developing the disease as a proportion of the number of people in the population, usually a number per 100,000 people.

The average risk for England and Wales is represented by 1 and any number higher will indicate a higher risk, while a number smaller than 1 indicates a reduced risk compared to the average.

Here are some examples (red indicates highest risk and purple indicates lowest risk):

Lung Cancer

The health map highlights the areas in London which pose the highest risk of lung cancer to women Credit: Environmental Health Atlas

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK among men and the third most common in women.

The areas highlighted as highest risk are likely to reflect past smoking patterns and exposure to air pollution.

London Boroughs with the areas of highest risk to lung cancer for men and women are:

1. Tower Hamlets: 1.51

2. Sutton: 1.51

3. Wandsworth: 1.51

4. Kingston upon Thames: 1.51

5. Bexley: 1.51

Heart Disease

Heart disease appears to be of relatively low risk to men and women in London Credit: Small Area Health Statistics Unit

Coronary heart disease (CHD) was biggest killer of people in England and Wales, leading to approximately 71,500 deaths in 2009 alone.

In London the boroughs that have the highest risk of the disease for men and women include:

1. Richmond upon thames 1.20-34

2. Hillingdon: 1.20-34

3. Greenwich: 1.20-34

4. Newham: 1.35-50 for women but 0.96-1.06 for men

5. Wandsworth: 1.35-50 for women 0.96-1.06 for men

Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is a greater risk to men than women, particularly in London Credit: Small Area Health Statistics Unit

While liver cancer is relatively rare in the UK, it is also usually fatal. Instances of the disease are often thought to be related to alcohol misuse or viral infection such as Hepatitis B or C.

According to the data, men in London and Hampshire are shown to be more at risk, than women, and men in other parts of England.

The boroughs in London which have the highest risk of liver cancer are:

1. Tower Hamlets: 1.51

2. Camden: 1.51

3. Wandsworth: 1.51

4. Westminster: 1.51

5. Kensington & Chelsea: 1.51

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer in London appears to be at more of an average risk to women Credit: Small Area Health Statistics Unit

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the UK.

The boroughs where breast cancer poses the highest risk to women in London are:

1. Kensington & Chelsea: 1.20-1.34

2. Westminster: 1.20-1.34

3. Camden: 1.20-1.34

4. Haringey: 1.20-1.34

5. Barking and Dagenham: 1.20-1.34