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Cancer

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of survival for each type of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospital trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available. (171906)

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 6 December 2007:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the rate of survival for each type of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospitals trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available. I am replying in her absence. [171906]

The Office for National Statistics does not produce survival rates by (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, and (c) hospitals trust area, but the latest one-and five-year survival for eight common cancers by (d) government office region (and strategic health authority), for patients diagnosed in 1997-99 and followed up to 31 December 2004, are available on the National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=11991&Pos=9&ColRank=l&Rank=272

Five-year cancer survival by (e) social demographic group was published as a collaborative paper between the Office for National Statistics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in Coleman MP et al (2004) ‘Trends and socioeconomic inequalities in cancer survival in England and Wales up to 2001’ in British Journal of Cancer 90, 1367-1373. The deprivation gaps between the most and least deprived groups, in five-year relative survival rates for the 20 most common cancers are available within this publication.