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Heart Diseases/Cancer

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent comparative assessment she has made of survival rates for (a) heart attack and (b) cancers with those of other (i) EU and (ii) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries; and what such assessment she has made of rates (A) 10 and (B) 20 years ago. (144117)

Data are not collected centrally for heart attacks.

Cancer registries in England participate in the Eurocare Project, which measures and explains differences in cancer survival rates across Europe. Twenty countries participate in the project covering a total population of 100 million.

The latest report, EUROCARE-3, tracks patients who were diagnosed with cancer between 1990 and 1994 and followed up to 1999. It puts England in the middle ranking for survival rates, roughly below other Western European countries and above Eastern European Countries.

The next report, EUROCARE-4, which is due later this year tracks patients diagnosed in 1995-2002 and followed up to 2003. We believe that the next publication of figures will show that the gap between England and other Western European countries has narrowed. Earlier reports cover cancer patients who were diagnosed between 1978 and 1985, and followed up to 1990 (EUROCARE) and those diagnosed between 1985 and 1989, and followed up to 1994 (EUROCARE-2).