New member enquiries 0800 414 8001 *

Existing members 0800 414 8100 *

Are you more at risk of developing a medical condition based on where you live?

8th January 2015

We all worry about what could affect our health, but could the risk of developing a serious medical condition change depending on where we live in the UK? Analysis of national statistics by Benenden delves into the varying risks of developing medical conditions across different areas of the country.

On the back of this, Benenden have developed a tool for people across the country to be able to check which major medical conditions are most likely within their region. The site looks at the national average – based on occurrences per 1000 people, with statistics looking at how more or less likely you are to potentially develop a serious medical condition based on where you live*

The tool uses ‘Relative Risk’, which is is a comparison of the risk of an area relative to average risk of a health condition in England and Wales – using publicly available health statistics. The average risk for England and Wales is represented by 1 and a number higher than this indicates an area with a risk higher than the average, while a number smaller than 1 indicates a reduced risk compared to the average.

If you live in the areas of East Sussex and Suffolk you are 7% less likely (compared to the national average) to develop a serious condition like cancer or liver disease.  The remaining ‘lower risk’ regions in the bottom ten come from Hertfordshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Cumbria, Norfolk, Shropshire, Worcestershire and West Sussex.

However, in comparison, you are 12% more likely (compared to the national average) to develop a serious medical condition if you live in Hampshire and 10% more likely in Merseyside.  Tyne & Wear, Cheshire, Manchester, Durham, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Lancashire and West Yorkshire all make up the remaining top ten ‘higher risk’ regions.

The tool also allows users to understand the regional differences between the sexes. For men you are 35% more likely to develop heart disease if you live in London than if you live in Manchester. But if you are a man in Yorkshire you are 13% less likely to develop heart disease than you if you live in Bristol.

If you are a woman, you are 21% more likely to be at risk of breast cancer if you live in Cheshire compared to women who live in Cambridgeshire. And if you are female in Cornwall you are 14% less likely suffer from heart disease than a woman in Merseyside.

This ‘Risk by Region’ tool is designed to raise people’s awareness of the higher risk medical conditions in their area so they can take a more informed view of their approach to health and lifestyle. It does not make assumptions on your current lifestyle – instead it uses national statistics to build the picture of varied risk across the country.

Dr John Giles from Benenden said: “National statistics show that different areas of the country have a varied risk of developing a serious medical condition when compared to the national average. Whilst statistics do not make assumptions on any influencing lifestyle factors, it’s nonetheless interesting to note variances as high as East Sussex at 6.69% less than the national average. Hampshire, perhaps surprisingly, comes out at the top of the higher risk regions and this could be linked to a variety of factors, including the average age of the population. “

“This tool developed by Benenden uses national statistics to show people what the higher or lower risk of developing medical conditions could be in their area. As a health & wellbeing provider, we would always encourage a responsible approach to maintaining one’s health.”

(Please note, the tool does not constitute medical advice and anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their GP in the first instance.) 

Areas with reduced risks compared to national average

Region/Area

Variance from national average

Rank

East Sussex

-6.69%

1

Suffolk

-6.38%

2

Herefordshire

-4.46%

3

Rutland

-4.00%

4

Lincolnshire

-3.92%

5

Cumbria

-3.69%

6

Norfolk

-3.54%

7

Shropshire

-3.54%

7

Worcestershire

-2.23%

9

West Sussex

-1.62%

10

Areas with increased risk compared to national average

Region/Area

Variance from national average

Rank

Hampshire

12.31%

1

Merseyside

10.54%

2

Tyne and Wear

9.54%

3

Cheshire

7.15%

4

Greater Manchester

6.31%

5

Durham

6.23%

6

Buckinghamshire

5.62%

7

Berkshire

5.38%

8

Lancashire

4.85%

9

West Yorkshire

4.54%

10

Ends 

twitter icon facebook icon youtube icon linkedin icon googleplus icon

Contact us - We would love to hear from you

New members

Send us a message

Benenden Personal Healthcare
Holgate Park Drive
York
YO26 4GG
0800 414 8001 * (Lines open 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri excluding Bank Holidays)

Existing members

Send us a message

Benenden Personal Healthcare
Holgate Park Drive
York
YO26 4GG
0800 414 8100 * (Lines open 8am - 8pm, Mon-Fri excluding Bank Holidays)

Please note that your call may be recorded for our mutual security and also for training and quality purposes.

Health cash plans

Benenden Health Cash Plan
BHSF Limited
2 Darnley Road,
Birmingham,
B16 8TE
0800 414 8071

Lines are open 8.45am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Self-pay orthopaedic surgery

Send us a message

Benenden Hospital Trust
Goddard's Green Road
Benenden
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 4AX
01580 242521 (Lines open 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri)

Health assessments

Send us a message

Health assessments
Unit 1, Cameron Court
Cameron Street
Hillington Park
Glasgow
G52 4JH
0800 414 8486*

Travel insurance

Send us a message

Travel insurance
2nd Floor Maitland House
Warrior Square
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS1 2JY
0800 414 8301*

Lines open for Sales
9am-8pm Monday to Friday 
9am-5pm Saturday
10am-5pm Sunday

Lines open for Customer Services
9am-8pm Monday to Friday
9am-5pm Saturday
10am-5pm Sunday

Benenden business healthcare

Send us a message

Benenden Business Healthcare
Holgate Park Drive
York
YO26 4GG
0800 414 8179* (Lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Home insurance

Send us a message

Benenden Home Insurance
1st Floor Maitland House
Warrior Square
Southend on Sea
Essex
SS1 2JY
0800 414 8556* (Lines open Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, excludes Bank Holidays)

Home Emergency
0800 294 2851* (Lines open 24 hours a day)

Legal Expenses
0330 100 9618* (Lines open 24 hours a day)

Charitable trust

Send us a message

Find out more

Charitable Trust
Holgate Park Drive
York
YO26 4GG
0800 414 8450* (Lines open 8am - 4pm Mon-Fri)