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Breast Cancer

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Lewes constituency, (b) Sussex, (c) the South East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (305610)

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

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in (a) Lewes constituency, (b) Sussex, (c) the South East and (d) England in each year since 1997. [305610]

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer (incidence) are for the year 2007. Please note that these numbers may not be the same as the number of people diagnosed with cancer, because one person may be diagnosed with more than one cancer.

Table 1 provides the numbers of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer for each year from 1997 to 2007 for (a) Lewes parliamentary constituency, (b) the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex, (c) South East government office region and (d) England.

So that comparison over time is based on a consistent area, newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the current Brighton and Hove unitary authority, which was part of the former county of East Sussex, have not been included for any year.

Table 1. Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer1, persons2, Lewes parliamentary constituency, the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex, South East government office region and England3,1997 to 20074

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Lewes

86

73

65

67

69

71

86

72

72

82

58

East Sussex

497

432

418

463

431

442

503

435

463

470

425

West Sussex

634

704

586

672

731

673

648

660

646

647

706

South East

6,108

6,072

6,215

6,097

6,169

6,078

6,405

6,402

6,527

6,420

6,437

England

33,683

34,078

35,749

35,016

35,714

35,552

37,777

37,936

38,699

38,279

38,291

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

2 Around 99 per cent. of breast cancer cases are in women.

3 Based on boundaries as of 2009.

4 Newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year.