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Death: Prostate Cancer

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the age-standardised mortality rates for prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England were in the latest period for which figures are available. (206400)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the age standardised mortality rates for prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England were in the latest period for which figures are available. (206400)

The spearhead group is defined in terms of local authorities. Spearhead primary care organisations (PCOs) are those which overlap geographically with any of the area defined by the spearhead local authorities. For most, the whole of the PCO area overlaps with the spearhead local authorities, but some only partially overlap.

The attached table presents age standardised rates and counts of prostate cancer deaths for males in England, and the spearhead group. Figures are also presented for each PCO overlapping with the spearhead group. All figures are for 2006 (the year latest available). An estimate of the per cent of the PCO population that is in the spearhead group (as at 2002) is also shown.

Table 1: Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population1, 2 and counts of death where prostate cancer was the underlying cause of death3, England, spearhead group and primary care organisation, 20064, 5

Area

Rate

95% confidence interval

Number of deaths

Percentage of PCO population within the spearhead group6

England

25

(24-25)

8,506

Spearhead Group

24

(23-25)

1,997

Spearhead PCOs

Barking and Dagenham

20

(11-30)

18

100

Greenwich Teaching

21

(13-30)

24

100

Hammersmith and Fulham

15

(6-23)

11

100

Haringey Teaching

14

(6-22)

12

100

Islington

26

(14-38)

18

100

Lambeth

38

(26-50)

39

100

Lewisham

23

(14-33)

24

100

Newham

24

(14-35)

22

100

Southwark

9

(3-15)

10

100

Tower Hamlets

19

(9-29)

14

100

Bolton

22

(14-29)

34

100

Bury

35

(24-47)

36

100

Manchester

17

(11-22)

37

100

Oldham

26

(17-34)

33

100

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

27

(18-37)

34

100

Salford

16

(9-23)

22

100

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan

20

(13-27)

35

100

Knowsley

29

(17-41)

23

100

Liverpool

31

(24-38)

76

100

Halton and St. Helens

21

(14-28)

36

100

Wirral

21

(15-27)

49

100

Barnsley

23

(15-31)

35

100

Doncaster

26

(19-33)

53

100

Rotherham

27

(19-35)

42

100

Gateshead

25

(16-33)

34

100

Newcastle

23

(16-30)

38

100

North Tyneside

28

(19-36)

41

100

South Tyneside

27

(17-36)

29

100

Sunderland Teaching

27

(19-35)

47

100

South Birmingham

22

(15-28)

45

100

Coventry Teaching

23

(16-29)

43

100

Sandwell

28

(20-35)

49

100

Walsall Teaching

27

(19-35)

46

100

Wolverhampton City

37

(28-46)

62

100

Bradford and Airedale

20

(14-25)

54

100

Wakefield District

29

(21-36)

57

100

Hartlepool

37

(21-53)

20

100

Middlesbrough

28

(16-39)

23

100

Redcar and Cleveland

28

(18-39)

27

100

North Tees

23

(14-31)

26

100

Warrington

25

(16-34)

30

100

Blackburn with Darwen

20

(10-30)

15

100

Blackpool

17

(10-25)

20

100

Hull

31

(22-40)

46

100

Leicester City

14

(8-19)

21

100

Nottingham City

23

(15-30)

35

100

Heart of Birmingham Teaching

22

(14-31)

26

100

Birmingham East and North

24

(18-30)

62

100

North East Lincolnshire

24

(15-33)

27

100

Stoke on Trent

25

(18-33)

41

97

City and Hackney Teaching

22

(12-32)

18

96

Tameside and Glossop

28

(19-36)

42

87

East Lancashire

23

(17-29)

55

86

County Durham

31

(25-37)

102

77

Northumberland

25

(19-31)

58

46

Cumbria

22

(18-27)

86

35

Central Lancashire

20

(15-26)

57

29

Warwickshire

28

(22-33)

102

23

Lincolnshire

27

(23-31)

161

13

South Staffordshire

26

(21-31)

103

13

Derbyshire County

21

(17-25)

110

10

Northamptonshire

22

(17-26)

90

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1 Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.

2 Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.

3 Cause of death for prostate cancer was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codeC61.

4 Based on boundaries as of 2008.

5 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

6 Percentages based on PCO populations as at 2002.