A TOWN has been identified as one of the UK cancer death hotspots in what a charity has called an “inexcusable” postcode lottery of care.

Macmillan Cancer Support said that there are wide regional variations in the proportion of patients who do not survive a year after diagnosis.

Crawley was identified as having one of the worst cancer survival rates in the country.

In the area 38% of patients diagnosed with cancer die within a year.

Juliet Bouverie, director of services and influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, urged all political parties to make tackling cancer a top priority at the general election next year.