John Leech (Manchester, Withington, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) 49 years and under, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79, (e) 80 to 89 and (f) over 90 years had breast conserving surgical procedures in each (i) cancer network and (ii) primary care trust in each year since 1997 for which figures are available.
Paul Burstow (Minister of State (Care Services), Health; Sutton and Cheam, Liberal Democrat)
This information cannot be provided in the format requested. We have provided a count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for women with a primary diagnosis of breast cancer and a main or secondary procedure of partial excision of breast. The data have been presented by cancer network, primary care trust (PCT) of residence and by the selected age groups. This information has been placed in the Library.
FCEs should not be described as a count of patients as the same person may have been admitted on more than one occasion. Cancer network data are not available prior to 2009-10 and therefore data from 1997-98 to 2008-09 are provided at PCT level only.