ALMOST 500 people have died from lung cancer in the Mid Ulster area over the last decade, it has been revealed.
Figures released in the Assembly show that 490 people in total across the three local council areas of Cookstown, Magherafelt and Dungannon, lost their battle against the disease from 2003 to 2012.
In 2012 alone, 51 people died from lung cancer.
Statistics were also made public for throat cancer and mouth cancer, suggesting that these variations in the disease appear to have a higher rate of survival.
According to Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, who announced the figures, there were eight deaths from mouth cancer across the three council areas during the same period.
Meanwhile, 18 people died from throat cancer between 2003 and 2012.