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Skin Cancer

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) melanoma skin cancer and (ii) non-melanoma skin cancer in (A) Taunton constituency and (B) the UK in each year since 1996, broken down by age group. (127986)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 March 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) melanoma skin cancer and (ii) non-melanoma skin cancer in (A) Taunton constituency and (B) the UK in each year since 1996, broken down by age group. [127986]

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the years 2005 (Wales), 2004 (England, Northern Ireland) and 2003 (Scotland). The latest available figures for deaths are for the year 2005.

For the UK, age-specific incidence and mortality rates of respectively, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, from 1996, are given in Tables 1 and 3 below.

For Taunton Deane LA, numbers of newly registered cases of, and deaths from, respectively, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, from 1996, are given in Tables 2 and 4 below. Only a broad breakdown by age (0-59, 60+) is possible because of the small number of cases in some years.

Numbers for both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, for Taunton Deane LA, particularly those for deaths, are too small to produce reliable age-specific rates even on the broad age ranges provided. Numbers for the UK are provided in Tables 5 and 6.

Table 1: Age-specific rates1 of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, melanoma skin cancer2 for the UK, 1996 to 2005

UK

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

65

67

70

69

76

84

87

85

60+

232

249

247

261

293

301

324

331

Mortality

0-59

12

12

12

12

13

12

12

13

12

13

60+

79

81

90

89

87

90

87

95

95

96

1 Rate per million population.

2 Melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 172 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C43 for years 2001 to 2005.

Table 2: Number of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, melanoma skin cancer1 for Taunton Deane LA, 1996 to 2005

Taunton Deane LA2

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

4

7

8

3

9

18

6

15

14

60+

5

10

6

11

11

15

11

17

18

Mortality

0-59

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

4

1

60+

3

3

2

4

3

3

3

4

2

1

1 Melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 172 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C43 for years 2001 to 2005.

2 Using local authority ward boundaries as of 2007 for all years shown.

Sources:

1. Office for National Statistics

2. Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit.

3. Scottish Cancer Registry ISD

4. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.

Table 3: Age-specific rates1 of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, non-melanoma skin cancer2 for the UK, 1996 to 2005

UK

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

215

242

262

269

276

286

292

297

60+

3,203

3,550

3,873

3,944

4,136

4188

4,255

4,315

Mortality

0-59

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

60+

32

33

35

32

29

36

38

39

40

38

1 Rate per million population.

2 Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 173 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C44 for years 2001 to 2005.

Table 4: Number of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, non-melanoma skin cancer1 for Taunton Deane LA, 1996 to 2005

Taunton Deane LA2

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

18

25

44

38

41

42

38

44

46

60+

88

113

180

163

185

132

159

168

216

Mortality

0-59

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

60+

0

0

0

2

2

0

2

1

2

4

1 Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 173 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C44 for years 2001 to 2005.

2 Using local authority ward boundaries as of 2007 for all years shown.

Sources:

1. Office for National Statistics

2. Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit.

3. Scottish Cancer Registry ISD

4. Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.

Table 5: Number of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, melanoma skin cancer1 for the UK, 1996 to 2005

UK

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

3,008

3,117

3,237

3,212

3,551

3,959

4,073

4,026

0-59

3,008

60+

2,785

2,999

2,984

3,168

3,580

3,689

3,993

4,123

60+

2,785

Mortality

0-59

559

546

549

552

616

554

571

592

583

595

60+

951

977

1,084

1,083

1,058

1,101

1,075

1,177

1,202

1,225

1 Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 173 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C44 for years 2001 to 2005.

Table 6: Number of newly diagnosed cases of, and deaths from, non- melanoma skin cancer1 for the UK, 1996 to 2005

UK

Age

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Incidence

0-59

9,927

11,181

12,166

12,510

12,878

13,417

13,720

13,986

0-59

9,927

60+

38,466

42,746

46,886

47,934

50,491

51,332

52,466

53,728

60+

38,466

Mortality

0-59

60

38

44

43

43

39

41

37

37

31

60+

388

401

422

389

351

440

474

483

505

480

1 Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence is defined as code C44 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD 10). Cause of death is defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 173 for years 1996 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C44 for years 2001 to 2005.