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Breast Cancer

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women (i) died of and (ii) were diagnosed with breast cancer in (1) the UK, (2) the North of England, (3) South Tyneside and (4) Jarrow constituency in each year since 1996. (97857)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 31 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) men and (b) women (i) died of and (ii) were diagnosed with breast cancer in (1) the UK, (2) the North, (3) South Tyneside and (4) Jarrow constituency in each year since 1996. [97857]

The latest available figures for deaths from breast cancer are for the year 2005. Numbers of deaths from breast cancer by sex for the years 1996 to 2005 for the UK, North East Government Office Region (GOR), South Tyneside County District (CD) and Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency (PC) are given in Table 1 below.

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2004 (England and Wales) and 2003 (Scotland and Northern Ireland). Numbers of cases of breast cancer by sex for the years 1996 to 2003 for the UK and 1996 to 2004 for North East Government Office Region (GOR), South Tyneside County District (CD) and Jarrow Parliamentary Constituency (PC) are given in Table 2 below.

Table 1: Number of deaths where breast cancer was the underlying cause of death,1 UK, North East GOR, South Tyneside CD and Jarrow PC, 1996 to 20052

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Males

UK3, 4

77

77

82

71

77

89

88

82

70

92

North East GOR

5

3

4

3

2

2

7

6

2

3

South Tyneside CD

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.

0

0

Jarrow PC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Females

UK3, 4

13,708

13,387

13,202

12,946

12,767

13,015

12,846

12,623

12,338

12,417

North East GOR

575

607

567

542

516

555

508

471

522

550

South Tyneside CD

30

42

39

32

31

34

33

28

26

25

Jarrow PC

15

15

17

20

19

16

21

14

13

13

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 174-175 for the years 1996 to 2000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1996 to 1999 in Scotland, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C50 for subsequent years. The introduction of ICD-10 means that the numbers of deaths from this cause before 2000 for the UK and 2001 for sub-national areas are not completely comparable with later years.

2 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

3 UK figures include deaths of non-residents in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but not in England and Wales.

4 UK figures for 2005 include figures for Northern Ireland which are provisional.

Table 2: Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer1 for the UK, North East GOR, South Tyneside CD and Jarrow PC, 1996-2004

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Males

UK

240

263

304

311

239

294

292

341

__

North East GOR

6

11

10

13

10

16

17

15

14

South Tyneside CD

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

1

1

Jarrow PC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Females

UK

36,574

37,751

39,338

41,056

40,618

40,982

41,258

43,711

__

North East GOR

1,536

1,539

1,681

1,666

1,663

1,715

1,696

1,892

1,960

South Tyneside CD

103

102

95

106

118

101

101

129

116

Jarrow PC

54

59

43

68

60

53

61

71

57

1 Breast cancer is defined as code C50 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10).

Note:

Figures for North East GOR for the years 2000-2003 are available in Table 4 of the Annual Reference Volume, Cancer statistics: Registrations, Series MB1.

Source:

Office for National Statistics, Welsh Cancer Intelligence & Surveillance Unit, Scottish Cancer Registry ISD and Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.