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Health Statistics (Yeovil)

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent rate is of (a) cancers and (b) stroke in (i) Yeovil constituency, (ii) Somerset county and (iii) the South West. (83388)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 11 July 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the most recent rate is of (a) cancers and (b) stroke in (i) Yeovil constituency, (ii) Somerset county and (iii) the South West. I am replying in her absence. [83388]

A: Cancers—incidence

The latest available rates for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2003. Incidence rates are not available centrally for parliamentary constituencies. Cancer incidence rates for all malignant cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer for 2003 are given in Table 1 for (i) Somerset South local authority, (ii) Somerset county and (iii) the South West government office region.

B: Stroke—incidence

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, Local Authorities and Primary Care Organisations. The latest year for which data are available is for the financial year 2003/04.

C: Cancers and stroke-mortality

Mortality rates for parliamentary constituencies cannot be provided because population estimates are not available for these areas. Figures in Table 2 are provided for the local authorities making up the requested constituency.

The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in England and Wales in 2001 means that data for cancer are not completely comparable with data for years before this date. The effect of the change in classification in 2001 on deaths from these causes is described in a report published in May 2002: Office for National Statistics. Results of the ICD-10 bridge coding study, England and Wales, 1999. Health Statistics Quarterly 14 (2002), 75-83.

Table 1: Incidence rates1 per million population for all malignant cancers2 registered in Somerset South local authority, the county of Somerset and South West government office region, 2003

All cancers excluding nmsc

Somerset South

3,861

Somerset

3,752

South West

3,890

1 Rates per million population standardised to the European Standard 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 for cancer and stroke2 for Somerset South local authority, the county of Somerset and South West government office region3, 20044Death ratesCancerStrokeSomerset South1,583449Somerset1,637488South West1,664539 1 Rates per 1,000,000 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:Cancer (malignant neoplasms)—C00-C97Stroke(cerebrovascular disease)—160-169Deaths were selected using the original underlying cause.3 Usual residents of this area.4 Deaths registered in each calendar year.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent death rate from heart disease was in (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) Somerset county and (c) the South West. (83393)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 11 July 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the most recent death rate from heart disease was in (a) Yeovil constituency (b) Somerset county and (c) the South West. I am replying in her absence. (83393)

Mortality rates for parliamentary constituencies cannot be provided as requested because population estimates are not available for these areas. The latest year for which figures are available is 2004 and these are given in the following table.

Death rates1 from coronary heart disease2 for South Somerset local authority, Somerset County and South West Government Office Region3, 20044

Coronary heart disease

Somerset South

Somerset

841

South West

931

1 Rates per 1,000,000 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:

Coronary heart disease—ICD-10 120-125

Deaths were selected using the original underlying cause.

3 Usual residents of these areas.

The local authority of South Somerset comprises the whole of Yeovil constituency plus part of Somerton and Frome constituency.

Data for the county of Somerset excludes figures for the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, created in 1996.

4Deaths registered in 2004.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent (a) teenage pregnancy rate and (b) life expectancy was in (i) Yeovil constituency, (ii) Somerset county and (iii) the South West. (83394)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 11 July 2006:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the most recent (a) teenage pregnancy rate and (b) life expectancy was in (i) Yeovil constituency, (ii) Somerset County and (iii) the South West. (83394)

(a) Information on teenage conceptions is routinely published for local authorities and strategic health authorities. Figures cannot be provided by Parliamentary Constituency because of the risk of disclosing individual's information, due to small differences in boundaries between the Parliamentary Constituency and the local authority.

The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004 and these are shown in the table below. Figures for 2004 are provisional.

(b) Figures for life expectancy at birth for English regions and local authorities are published annually by ONS based on three-year rolling averages. The most recent figures, for 2002-2004, are shown in the table below.

(a) Teenage conception rates for South Somerset LA1, Somerset county and the South West, 20042

Area

Rate

South Somerset LA

32

Somerset county

32

South West

34

(b) Life expectancy at birth (years) by sex, for South Somerset LA1, Somerset county and the South West, 2002-043

Males

Females

South Somerset LA

78

82

Somerset county

78

82

South West

78

82

1 The local authority of South Somerset comprises the whole of Yeovil constituency plus part of Somerton and Frome constituency.

2 Conceptions for 2004 are provisional.

3 Results are based on deaths registered in 2002-04 and mid-year population estimates for these years.