Trends in health inequality

Life expectancy in Scotland has decreased, according to the National Records of Scotland. Healthy life expectancy for women has also decreased, but it has increased for men.

But not all groups across society are benefiting equally from increased life expectancy or improved health. In most but not all cases, the biggest improvement in health and life expectancy has been from the wealthiest groups in the wealthiest areas.

In general, there has been a widening of the life expectancy gap between the most affluent and least affluent people or between the most affluent areas and the most deprived areas.

Cancer rates are different depending on level of deprivation. In affluent areas, they are more likely to be diagnosed early and people are more likely to take up the offer of screening. (Source: Public Health Scotland)

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