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Prostate Cancer

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the survival rate from prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England was in the latest period for which figures are available. (206399)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 May 2008:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the survival rate from prostate cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England was in the latest period for which figures are available. [206399]

The latest available relative survival rates in a) spearhead primary care trusts are for patients diagnosed in 1996-2001 and followed up to the end of 2003. The one-year survival rate was 88% and the five-year survival rate was 66%. These rates are available on the National Statistics website at

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14821&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=272

The latest available relative survival rates in b) England are for patients diagnosed in 1999-2003 and followed up to the end of 2004. The one-year survival rate was 91% and the five-year survival rate was 74%. These rates are available on the National Statistics website at

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14821&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=272