HC Deb 12 November 2001 vol 374 cc533-4W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the survival rates are for victims of breast cancer in(a) North Yorkshire, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) Cumbria and (d) the United Kingdom at the latest date for which figures are available. [13381]

Ruth Kelly

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Miss Anne McIntosh, dated 12 November 2001: As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the survival rates for victims of breast cancer in North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria and the United Kingdom at the latest available date (13381). Figures on survival rates from cancer are not generally available for local authority areas, such as Nottinghamshire and Cumbria. However, the following five-year survival rates for women aged 15–99 diagnosed with breast cancer are available for health authority areas in England: figures for women diagnosed in the period 1991–1993 can be obtained from the Department of Health website at: www.doh.gov.uk/nhsperformanceindicators/hlpi2000/h1143t.html; and figures for women diagnosed in the period 1992–1994 are being made available at health authority level on the National Statistics website (www.statistics.gov.uk) from Monday 12th November. Information on five-year survival from breast cancer in the United Kingdom as a whole is not available. Separate figures are available for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, based on women diagnosed during 1992–94, 1985–89, 1991–95, and 1993–96, respectively, and followed up to the end of 1999, 1994, 1998, and 1999, respectively. These are given in the following table. Because of differences in coverage and end of follow-up, and for other reasons, figures for the separate countries are not directly comparable and cannot be made so. Breast cancer in men is rare. Survival rates for men diagnosed 1986–90 and followed up to the end of 1995 have been published for NHS regions in England, and Wales, in Coleman MP et al., Cancer survival trends in England and Wales 1971–1995: deprivation and NHS Region. Series SMPS No. 61. London: The Stationery Office, 1999.

Survival from breast cancer for women aged 15–99 in the United Kingdom
Country 5 year relative survival
England 75
Wales1 65
Scotland 75
Northern Ireland 78
1 Females aged 0–84


Office for National Statistics. Cancer survival 1992–1999, England. London: ONS, 31st January 2001

Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit. Cancer Registration and Survival in Wales 1985–1994. Cardiff: WCISU, 1999

Scottish Cancer Intelligence Unit. Trends in Cancer Survival in Scotland 1971–1995. Edinburgh: Information & Statistics Division NHS in Scotland, 2000

Fitzpatrick DA, Gavin AT. Survival of Cancer Patients in Northern Ireland 1993–1996. Belfast: Northern Ireland Cancer Registry, 2001

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