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Cardiovascular Diseases

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of all deaths were from (a) circulation diseases and (b) cancers in each of the last 15 years. (234501)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated November 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many and what proportion of all deaths were from (a) circulation diseases and (b) cancers in each of the last 15 years. (234501)

The tables attached provide the numbers of deaths and proportion of all deaths, with an underlying cause of (a) circulatory disease (table 1) and (b) cancer (table 2) for the years 1993 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number, and proportion of deaths where circulatory disease was the underlying cause of death, in England and Wales, 1993 to 20071, 2

Deaths

Percentage

1993

258,012

45

1994

241,551

44

1995

241,871

43

1998

238,855

42

1997

229,585

41

1998

225,811

41

1999

218,062

39

2000

207,618

39

2001

212,354

40

2002

209,948

39

2003

205,651

38

2004

190,779

37

2005

183,674

36

2006

174,637

35

2007

170,338

34

1 Cause of death for circulatory disease was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 390-459 for 1993 to 2000 and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes I00-I99 for 2001 to 2007. The introduction of ICD-10 in 2001 means that the number of deaths from this cause, before 2001 are not completely comparable with later years.

2 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 2. Number, and proportion of deaths where cancer was the underlying cause England and Wales, 1993 to 20071, 2

Deaths

Percentage

1993

140,595

24

1994

139,455

25

1995

138,671

25

1996

138,092

25

1997

135,771

24

1998

136,289

25

1999

133,749

24

2008

132,421

25

2001

136,234

26

2002

137,051

26

2003

136,030

25

2004

134,873

26

2005

134,894

26

2008

135,635

27

2007

136,804

27

1 Cause of death for cancer was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 140-208 for 1993 to 2000 and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes C00-C97 for 2001 to 2007. The introduction of ICD-10 in 2001 means that the number of deaths from this cause, before 2001 are not completely comparable with later years.

2 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.