Rugby residents are more likely to die from kidney disease than people living in most other parts of the country, new medical data reveals.
Researchers have also found that sections of communities in the district are at higher than average risk of developing and/or dying from heart disease, leukaemia and other forms of cancer.
The findings are contained in the Environmental Health Atlas for England and Wales, an independent publication produced by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit. Searchable by postcode, it contains interactive maps detailing geographical variations for a range of health conditions.
The maps indicate an area’s health risk, according to the electoral ward boundaries of 2009, relative to the average for England and Wales. The results can be compared with environmental factors, such as air pollution, average sunshine and pesticide levels, which can have an impact on health.
The data shows that all wards of Rugby Borough Council – according to the pre-2012 boundary changes – have an above-average risk rating for kidney disease mortality.
The atlas also breaks down its findings by gender. For women in 12 wards in and around Rugby, there is a higher than average risk of dying from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
The heart disease mortality rate among women is above average in six wards; among men it is above average in three wards.
A spokesman from Public Health Warwickshire said: “We recognise that there are geographic patterns of variation across different types of disease and health conditions in Warwickshire.
“The atlas provides a useful further addition to our evidence base and supplements similar information contained in our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which highlights the key health and wellbeing needs of the Warwickshire population. It also helps to further aid our understanding of health inequalities in the county.”
The aim of the atlas is to aid understanding of disease risk that may relate to the environment but it cannot be used to provide evidence of clusters of disease.
The maps show an area’s relative risk compared with the national average over a 25-year period. This is not the same as the risk to an individual.