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Health: Dementia and Cancer

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the number of people in England suffering from (a) all kinds of dementia, and (b) all types of cancer; and what estimate they have made of the comparative cost of treating and caring for them. [HL3695]

The department has not made an estimate of the number of people in England suffering from all kinds of dementia. However, figures from the Office for National Statistics in 2004 indicate that 233,621 people were diagnosed with cancer in England.

The department has not estimated the comparative cost of treating and caring for people suffering from dementia and cancer.

Details of expenditure on social care for people with dementia and cancer are not held centrally. However, estimates of National Health Service expenditure on mental health, including dementia, and cancer are available from the programme budgeting returns. In the 2005-06 financial year, gross expenditure on mental health was estimated at £8.5 billion, with £0.9 billion of this total made up of spend on dementia. A further £4.3 billion was spent in 2005-06 on treating all cancers.