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Death: Cancer

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the age-standardised mortality rate from prostate cancer was in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each constituency in each year since 1997-98; (317707)

(2) how many deaths from prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each constituency in each year since 1997-98. [Official Report, 15 March 2010, Vol. 507, c. 16-18MC.]

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent questions asking (1) what the age-standardised mortality rate from prostate cancer was in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each constituency in each year since 1997-98 (317707) and (2) how many deaths from prostate cancer there were in (a) England, (b) each primary care trust area and (c) each constituency in each year since 1997-98. (317708)

The tables attached provide:

(1) The age-standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population, where prostate cancer was the underlying cause of death, for (a) England, for the years 1997 to 2008 (the latest year available) (Table 1), (b) primary care organisations in England, for the years 2001 to 2008 (the only period available) (Table 2), and (c) parliamentary constituencies in England, for the years 2001 to 2007 (the only period available) (Table 3).

(2) The number of deaths where prostate cancer was the underlying cause of death, for (a) England and (b) primary care organisations in England, for the years 1997 to 2008 (the latest year available) (Tables 4 and 5), and (c) parliamentary constituencies in England, for the years 1997-02 and 2003-08 combined (the only periods available) (Table 6).

A copy of Tables 2, 3, 5 and 6 have been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Mortality rates for primary care organisations and parliamentary constituencies can only be calculated for the periods given due to the availability of mid-year population estimates. Numbers of deaths for parliamentary constituencies have not been given for individual years in line with the current ONS policy on protecting confidentiality within birth and death statistics.

Table 1: Number of deaths where breast cancer was the underlying cause of death, England and Wales, 20081, 2, 3

Cause of death

Deaths (persons)

Breast cancer

10,779

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C50.

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

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.