Ethnic minority groups generally have poorer health than the overall population although some minority groups fare much worse than others and patterns vary from one health condition to the next.

For example, ethnic minority groups tend to have higher rates of cardio-vascular disease than white people but lower rates of cancer (Source: UK Parliamentary Office Report 2007). This can be explained for a number of reasons including:

  • ethnic minority groups as a whole are more likely to report ill health
  • people from ethnic minority groups are more likely to be poorer
  • hereditary factors and different lifestyle choices
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