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Call for better cancer services in North West

Cancer statistics for the city of Londonderry back local calls for a radiography unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, a campaigner claims.

Karen Mullan of Derry’s Pink Ladies organisation said figures for the number of cancer deaths showed an acute need for dedicated services in the North West.

Her call comes after Strathfoyle community worker Eamon O’Donnell identified the need for an inquiry into possible links between heavy industry and cancer, after figures revealed that two of the most industrialised areas of Londonderry, in the Enagh and Culmore wards, had the highest cancer rates in the city between 2008 and 2010.

A breakdown of cancer rates by the Londonderry Sentinel show every single community has suffered cancer deaths in double figures since 2007. Between 2008 and 2010 575 people - roughly one in 188 - have died from cancer in Londonderry. And between 2007 and 2009 2,212 - one in 50 - have been diagnosed with the illness in the city.

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