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Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent rate of (a) cancers and (b) stroke was in (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England. (80605)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 29 June 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the most recent rate of (a) cancers and (b) stroke was in (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England. [80605]

A: Cancers

The latest available rates for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2003. Registration rates per 100,000 population, by site and sex, for (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England for the year 2003 are available in Table 5 of the Annual Reference Volume, Cancer statistics: Registrations, Series MB1. These are available on the National Statistics website:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=8843 &Pos=l4&ColRank=2&Rank=272

The most recent cancer incidence rates for all malignant cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer are given in Table 1 below for (i) Stoke on Trent Unitary Authority (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.

B: Stroke

There is no complete register of stroke cases. Information is available centrally on emergency admission to hospital from the NHS Hospital Episode System (HES), and on death registrations.

Figures on emergency admissions to hospital for strokes can be found on the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base website: http://www.nchod.nhs.uk/. (Table reference numbers: 10C_5281SR7CM_04-V2 (males) 10C_5281SR7CF_04-V2 (females)). Figures are available for England, Government Office Regions, Strategic Health Authorities, Unitary Authorities and County Districts. The latest year for which data are available is for the financial year 2003/04.

The latest year for which death rates for stroke are available is 2004 and these are given in Table 2 below.

Table 1. Incidence rates1 per 100,000 population for all malignant cancers2, by sex, registered in Stoke on Trent local authority, West Midlands Government office region and England, 2003

Incidence rate per 100,000

All cancers excluding nmsc

Stoke on Trent

West Midlands

England

Male

518.0

478.0

462.0

Female

490.0

450.0

451.0

1 Crude rates per 100,000 population. 2 ‘All malignant cancers’ are defined by codes C00-C97 excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (nmsc) code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Source: Office for National Statistics

Table 2. Death rates1 from stroke2 for Stoke-on-Trent local authority, West Midlands Government office region and England,3 by sex, 20044

Death rate per 100,000—Stroke

All cancers excluding nmsc

Stoke on Trent

West Midlands

England

Male

71.0

66.0

59.0

Female

61.0

58.0

55.0

1 Rates per 100,000 population standardised to the European Standard Population.

2 The cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).

The codes used are listed as follows:

Cerebrovascular diseases—ICD-10160-169;

Deaths were selected using the original underlying cause.

3 Usual residents of these areas.

4 Deaths registered in each calendar year