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Cancer

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the most recent five-year cancer survival rates are in each primary care trust. (259386)

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

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated February 2009:

The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the most recent five-year cancer survival rates are in each primary care trust. I am replying in her absence. [259386]

Cancer survival rates are only produced for specific cancers. A figure giving the overall survival rate for all cancer patients is not produced as it would not be meaningful to combine figures for disparate conditions having very different survival rates.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not produce survival rates for individual primary care trusts. ONS regularly publishes five-year survival rates for patients resident in the ‘Spearhead Group’ of primary care trusts in England, compared with those for patients resident in the rest of England. These survival rates for ten cancers (bladder, breast, cervix, colon, lung oesophagus, ovary, prostate, rectum and stomach) are available on the Office for National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=14821

The lowest geographical area for which cancer survival rates are available are strategic health authority areas. Five-year survival rates for patients resident in government office regions, and strategic health authorities for eight cancers (bladder, breast, cervix, colon, lung, oesophagus, prostate and stomach) are available on the Office for National Statistics website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=11991&Pos=9&ColRank=1&Rank=272