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Cancer: East of England

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, (d) Colchester Hospital and (e) Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in each of the last three years. (205401)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 May 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, (d) Colchester Hospital and (e) Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in each of the last three years. (205401)

It is not possible for ONS to calculate mortality rates for specific conditions for individual hospitals, as there are no readily available data for the denominator populations.

Analyses of mortality rates for specific cancers, including cancer of the brain, and cancer of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx, are undertaken annually by ONS and are reported for England and Wales as a whole. The latest figures currently available are for the year 2006.l

1 Death rates per million population for England and Wales, by selected underlying cause, sex and age group are available from the following link:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=618&Pos=&ColRank=l&Rank=208

Data for 2004-2006 are available in the following volumes and tables:

2004: DH2 no. 31, table 4

2005: DH2 no. 32, table 4

2006: Mortality Statistics: Deaths registered in 2006, table 8