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Death: Asthma

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Guildford (Anne Milton) of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1180W, on deaths: asthma; if he will set out the figures by (a) age and (b) sex; and if he will make a statement. (255827)

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated February 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1180W, on asthma-related deaths; to set out the figures broken down by (a) age and (b) sex. (255827)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where asthma was mentioned on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause (table 1) or as a contributing factor (table 2), broken down by (a) age group and (b) sex from 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Deaths with an underlying cause of asthma1, by age group and sex, England and Wales2, 2003-20073

Deaths

Males

Females

Age

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

<1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

01-04

1

1

0

2

1

0

0

1

2

1

05-09

3

11

5

13

6

3

9

4

2

1

10-14

10

11

6

7

5

4

6

6

7

4

15-19

6

5

1

5

7

3

7

5

5

2

20-24

4

12

7

5

5

6

11

8

2

4

25-29

9

8

7

6

6

5

4

3

9

5

30-34

6

9

12

4

8

12

11

2

4

11

35-39

22

13

9

9

10

10

6

8

5

11

40-44

11

18

18

14

9

22

27

15

17

17

45-49

17

18

17

20

17

18

24

19

21

25

50-54

26

18

26

11

22

32

22

21

22

19

55-59

24

29

18

22

17

41

38

44

33

26

60-64

36

37

24

24

15

48

31

37

32

33

65-69

43

30

31

18

24

58

47

36

35

34

70-74

38

45

26

21

18

76

57

60

46

40

75-79

44

48

36

36

43

100

107

90

99

88

80-84

44

63

48

34

43

146

152

149

124

91

85+

69

84

81

58

81

270

245

302

308

283

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes J45-J46.

2 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 2: Deaths where asthma was mentioned as a contributory factor1,2, by age group and sex, England and Wales3, 2003-20074

Deaths

Males

Females

Age

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

<1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

01-04

1

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

2

1

05-09

3

12

7

13

6

3

9

4

3

1

10-14

11

12

7

7

7

4

6

7

8

4

15-19

9

8

2

9

8

6

8

8

6

2

20-24

10

14

8

7

9

9

15

10

4

6

25-29

12

13

10

10

8

9

6

4

10

10

30-34

13

13

15

10

11

17

14

6

11

16

35-39

23

24

17

15

20

15

13

11

13

20

40-44

20

29

26

20

18

31

35

20

25

29

45-49

27

37

28

37

26

34

39

33

33

41

50-54

46

36

45

31

44

50

45

50

42

40

55-59

55

60

43

53

35

81

66

80

80

57

60-64

83

78

56

67

56

89

76

79

71

71

65-69

95

99

70

94

74

124

127

111

108

93

70-74

119

114

113

84

85

170

152

158

129

138

75-79

132

137

125

127

146

271

240

209

220

232

80-84

133

146

135

132

130

330

306

314

299

281

85+

145

168

173

185

182

482

511

584

602

594

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes J45-J46.

2 Figures presented in table 2 include those where asthma was recorded as the underlying cause (table1)

3 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.