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Lung Cancer

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths from lung cancer there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many of these deaths were smoking-related. (80956)

The following table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland for each year between 2001 and 2005, by gender, due to “malignant neoplasms of trachea, bronchus and lung”1.

Smoking history is rarely recorded on death certificates. Estimates can however be made of the number of deaths attributable to smoking, by using information on the contribution that smoking makes to specific conditions recorded at death. The Health Development Agency2 (2004) estimated that just over nine in ten male lung cancer deaths, and eight in ten female lung cancer deaths, were attributable to smoking.

1 International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision codes C33-C34.

2 Twigg, L., Moon, G., arid Walker, S. The smoking epidemic in England, Health Development Agency, 2004: http://www.publichealth .nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=502811.

Number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland due to malignant neoplasms of trachea, bronchus and lung (“lung cancer”), by gender, 2001 to 2005

Deaths due to “lung cancer”

Male

Female

Total

2001

507

275

782

2002

487

315

802

2003

482

328

810

2004

507

330

837

2005 (provisional data)

505

319

824