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Breast Cancer

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths from breast cancer there were in the last year for which figures are available. (316289)

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 Stephen Penneck, dated 9 February 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths from breast cancer there were in the last year for which figures are available. (316289)

The table attached provides the number of deaths where breast cancer was the underlying cause of death, in England and Wales, in 2008 (the latest year available).

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.