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Breast Cancer: Cleveland

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) men and (b) women have been (i) diagnosed with and (ii) successfully treated for breast cancer in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 years. (276634)

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 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) men and (b) women have been (i) diagnosed with and (ii) successfully treated for breast cancer in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the last 12 years. (276634)

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2006 for England. There were (i) five newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer in (a) men resident in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency over the twelve year period from 1995 to 2006. Table 1 gives the numbers of (i) newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer for (b) women resident in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency for each year from 1995 to 2006.

It cannot be stated definitively whether a patient with breast cancer has been (ii) ‘successfully treated’. For most cancers, but not breast, five-year survival rates are often taken to be ‘cure’ rates.

Survival rates are not available for constituencies. ONS regularly publishes one-and five-year relative survival for patients resident in England, government office regions and strategic health authorities.

Table 2 shows the predicted long-term survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001-03 (the most recent period for which data are available) for the North East government office region that includes Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

Survival rates for men diagnosed with breast cancer are not available. Male breast cancer accounts for less than one per cent of all breast cancer cases.

Table 1: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer1 for women: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland parliamentary constituency, 1995 to 2006

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

1995

60

1996

56

1997

50

1998

74

1999

59

2000

62

2001

81

2002

79

2003

71

2004

85

2005

57

2006

60

1 Breast cancer is coded to C50 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

Table 2: Predicted long-term relative survival1 from breast cancer2 for women aged 15-99: North East government office region, 2001 to 20033

Duration of survival (years)

Relative survival (percentage)

One year

94.0

Five years

79.8

Ten years

69.2

Fifteen years

65.6

1 Relative survival takes into account that some cancel patients will die from causes other than their cancer.

2 Breast cancer is coded to C50 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).

3 Based on all women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1981 and 2001, who were alive for at least part of the period 2001-03.

Source:

Office for National Statistics, available on the ONS website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14172