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Breast Cancer: Males

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many men in each age group were (a) diagnosed with and (b) successfully treated for breast cancer in (i) Southend West constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England in each of the last 12 years. (283717)

I have been asked to reply.

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated July 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many men in each age group were (a) diagnosed with and (b) successfully treated for breast cancer in (i) Southend West constituency, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales in each of the last 12 years [283717].

The latest available figures for (a) newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2006. There were 5 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer in males in (i) Southend West parliamentary constituency over the period 1995 to 2006. The number of cases of male breast cancer in all ages diagnosed in (ii) Essex county is shown in Table 1 for each of the last 12 years. Due to small numbers, further age and year breakdowns are not available for Southend West parliamentary constituency and Essex county.

The number of cases of male breast cancer in each age group diagnosed in (iii) England and Wales in each of the last 12 years is shown in Table 2.

It cannot be stated definitively whether a person has been (b) ‘successfully treated’ for breast cancer. For most cancers, but not breast, five-year survival rates are often taken to be ‘cure’ rates. Survival rates for men diagnosed with breast cancer are therefore not available.

Figures for Essex county do not include Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock unitary authorities.

Table 1: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of male breast cancer1: Essex county, 1995 to 2006

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Essex county

9

7

7

9

6

6

7

5

6

10

6

12

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

Source:

Office for National Statistics.

Table 2: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of male breast cancer1 by age group: England and Wales, 1995 to 2006

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Age group

0-14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15-19

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

20-24

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

25-29

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

30-34

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

1

4

0

3

35-39

2

0

1

1

3

2

4

1

4

4

4

3

40-44

4

3

4

3

6

3

2

4

6

8

7

6

45-49

7

11

9

5

6

9

7

10

9

9

7

11

50-54

14

12

18

22

18

16

15

15

21

10

13

14

55-59

15

21

18

19

23

21

27

19

30

24

31

28

60-64

27

17

26

29

36

26

26

34

43

32

25

36

65-69

30

31

42

48

39

27

32

34

36

39

28

33

70-74

48

40

48

42

44

27

56

47

35

36

48

51

75-79

43

41

28

38

50

52

30

46

56

47

27

42

80-84

22

22

21

38

34

23

28

27

41

43

24

40

85+

18

13

24

28

18

22

24

33

24

30

32

24

England and Wales

232

215

240

274

278

229

253

274

306

286

247

293

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

Sources:

Office for National Statistics; Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit.