Braintree prostate deaths below average

BRAINTREE has one of the lowest death rates for prostate cancer among men, research by Prostate Cancer Charter for Action has unearthed.

Graham Dines

BRAINTREE has one of the lowest death rates for prostate cancer among men, research by Prostate Cancer Charter for Action has unearthed.

The country's 2007 average was 25 deaths per 100,000 people, adjusted for age, while in the Braintree parliamentary constituency, the rate was 14 deaths or 41% of the national average.

The Prostate Cancer Charter for Action, which analysed Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, said men were suffering from a postcode lottery. It said parts of the country were not implementing key guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).