People living in the North of England have a 20 per cent higher chance of dying from cancer than those living elsewhere, a report has said.
Higher rates of smoking and factors such as deprivation are likely to be behind the increased risk, it said.
The figures, for 2005, showed there were 68 deaths per 100,000 men from lung cancer in the North compared with an average of 51 deaths across the whole of England.
Meanwhile, Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire had the lowest rate of deaths from lung cancer, with around 36 men in every 100,000 dying from the disease.
The data was contained in the first report produced by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN). It collects data on deaths from 30 cancer networks covering the whole of England.
Cancer deaths overall were lowest in the South of England and the Midlands.
Northern women were found to be more likely than southern women to die from lung cancer.
By contrast rates of breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, were higher in the South than in the Midlands and North.
The largest proportion of fatal breast cancer cases was reported in Dorset, with almost 52 women in every 100,000 dying from the disease.
Lower rates were reported in cancer networks further north like Birmingham and Yorkshire.
In 2005, 319 women across Birmingham died from breast cancer. The death rate was 33.1 per 100,000 women, lower than in many other parts of England.
Meanwhile, 1,380 women across Birmingham were newly-diagnosed with breast cancer. The rate was 143.2 per 100,000 women, lower than the average for England.