A study by academics in Aberdeen has revealed people who live in rural areas are less likely to survive cancer than those in cities.
Researchers at Aberdeen University discovered rural dwellers are 5% less likely to survive cancer after examining 39 studies around the world.
The research indicated rural patients may delay seeking help until their symptoms are more serious.
Professor Peter Murchie said: “A previous study showed the inequality faced by rural cancer dwellers in Scotland and we wanted to see if this was replicated elsewhere. It is indeed the case.”