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Cancer

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average (a) one-year and (b) five-year survival rates for people diagnosed with (i) melanoma, (ii) prostate cancer and (iii) breast cancer has been in each of the last 10 years. (324851)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the average (a) one year and (b) five year survival rates for people diagnosed with (i) melanoma, (ii) prostate cancer and (iii) breast cancer has been in each of the last 10 years. [324851]

ONS does not publish site-specific cancer survival figures by single year of diagnosis. For statistical reliability, figures are published for three- to five-year periods, to avoid over-interpretation of random year on year fluctuations.

The latest one- and five-year survival rates available for (i) melanoma, (ii) prostate and (iii) breast cancer arc for persons diagnosed in 2001-2006 and followed up to 2007. These figures arc presented below (Table 1), with figures for each preceding period back to 1998-2001 with follow-up to 2003.

Table 1: One- and five-year age-standardised1 relative cancer survival rates (percentage)2, for melanoma, prostate and breast cancer, adult patients3, England andWales4, and England5

Cancer

One-year relative survival (percentage)

Five-year relative survival (percentage)

Melanoma—men

1998-2001, followed up to 2003, England, Wales

94.2

79.0

1999-2002, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

94.5

80.5

1999-2003, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

94.4

80.4

2000-2004, followed up to 2005, England

94.5

80.6

2001-2006, followed up to 2007, England

94.9

81.1

Melanoma—women

1998-2001, followed up to 2003, England, Wales

96.6

88.2

1999-2002, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

96.9

89.4

1999-2003, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

97.0

89.4

2000-2004, followed up to 2005, England

97.1

89.5

2001-2006, followed up to 2007, England

97.3

89.6

Prostate—men

1998-2001, followed up to 2003, England, Wales

89.8

70.8

1999-2002, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

90.9

74.1

1999-2003, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

91.2

74.4

2000-2004, followed up to 2005, England

91.6

75.8

2001-2006, followed up to 2007, England

92.1

77.0

Breast—women

1998-2001, followed up to 2003, England, Wales

93 7

79.9

1999-2002, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

94.0

80.7

1999-2003, followed up to 2004, England, Wales

94.2

81.0

2000-2004, followed up to 2005, England

94.4

81.1

2001-2006, followed up to 2007, England

94.9

82.0

1 As cancer survival varies with the age at diagnosis, the relative rates for all ages (15-99) have been age-standardised to control for changes in the age profile of cancer patients over time, thus making them comparable with previously published figures

2 Melanoma is defined by code C43, prostate cancer is defined as C61 and breast cancer is defined as C50 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth edition (ICD-10).

3 Adult patients aged 15-99.

4 Survival rates for patients diagnosed in England and Wales are calculated up to the period 1999-2003 with follow-up to 2004.

5 Survival rates for patients diagnosed in England are available from 2002-2004, with follow-up to 2005.