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Prostate Cancer

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) age-standardised incidence rate for prostate cancer and (b) number of diagnoses of prostate cancer was in (i) each strategic health authority area, (ii) each primary care trust area and (iii) each constituency in each year since 1997. (317709)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) age-standardised incidence rate for prostate cancer and (b) number of diagnoses of prostate cancer was in (i) each strategic health authority area, (ii) each primary care trust area and (iii) each constituency in each year since 1997. [317709]

The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of prostate 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.

Cancer incidence rates for strategic health authorities can only be calculated from 2002 onwards and for primary care organisations and parliamentary constituencies from 2001 onwards due to the availability of mid-year population estimates for those areas.

The number of cases in parliamentary constituencies has not been given for individual years in line with policy on protecting confidentiality within patients' data.

The tables attached provide the age-standardised incidence rate per 100,000 population, for prostate cancer, for (i) strategic health authorities in England, for the years 2002 to 2007 (Table 1), (ii) primary care organisations in England for the years 2001 to 2007 (Table 2), and (iii) parliamentary constituencies in England for the years 2001 to 2007 combined (Table 3), the number of diagnoses (incidence) for prostate cancer for (i) strategic health authorities in England and (ii) primary care organisations in England, for the years 1997-2007 (Tables 4 and 5), and (iii) parliamentary constituencies in England for the years 1997-02 and 2003-07 combined (Table 6).

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

Table 1: Age-standardised incidence rates per 100,000 population, prostate cancer, strategic health authorities in England, 2002-071,2,3,4

Cases per 100,000 (males)

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

North East

90

97

86

93

86

86

North West

88

90

108

101

104

96

Yorkshire and the Humber

89

89

101

96

101

97

East Midlands

84

82

94

99

101

99

West Midlands

102

102

109

104

105

97

East of England

99

95

99

101

100

99

London

96

96

98

93

95

94

South East Coast

88

88

92

89

93

91

South Central

110

107

116

99

106

99

South West

110

112

116

104

110

108

1 Age-standardised incidence rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages. 2 Prostate cancer is coded as C61 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). 3 Based on boundaries as of 2009. 4 Based on newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year.

Table 4: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of prostate cancer, males, strategic health authorities in England, 1997-20071,2,3

Males

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

North East

897

1,066

1,234

1,249

1,415

1,404

1,499

1,365

1,471

1,385

1,394

North West

2,555

2,627

2,846

3,107

3,657

3,533

3,631

4,400

4,177

4,329

4,058

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,860

1,825

1,940

2,394

2,664

2,647

2,697

3,059

2,944

3,129

3,064

East Midlands

1,465

1,531

1,751

1,971

2,152

2,185

2,147

2,528

2,672

2,809

2,793

West Midlands

2,091

2,252

2,415

2,741

3,096

3,254

3,299

3,547

3,427

3,516

3,305

East of England

2,275

2,276

2,630

2,974

3,257

3,367

3,309

3,459

3,579

3,623

3,611

London

2,614

2,673

2,766

2,832

3,133

3,172

3,160

3,252

3,089

3,133

3,117

South East Coast

2,098

2,008

2,254

2,331

2,501

2,368

2,380

2,498

2,408

2,546

2,555

South Central

1,488

1,648

1,831

2,071

2,398

2,401

2,373

2,619

2,262

2,463

2,348

South West

2,641

2,537

2,698

2,886

3,638

3,813

3,899

4,095

3,752

4,022

3,956

1 Prostate cancer is coded as C61 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). 2 Based on boundaries as of 2009. 3 Based on newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year.