Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) breast cancer in women and (b) lung cancer in men death rates were in each of the last 20 years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 October 2006:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the (a) breast cancer in women and (b) lung cancer in men death rates were in each of the last 20 years. (93837)

The most recent year for which figures are available is 2004. The table below shows the age-standardised death rate from breast cancer for females and lung cancer for males in England and Wales for the years 1985 to 2004.

Death rates( 1) from lung cancer in males and breast cancer in females( 2) , England and Wales, 1985 to 2004( 3)
Death rate per 100,000 population
Lung cancer in males Breast cancer in females
1985 99 42
1986 95 42
1987 92 42
1988 92 42
1989 88 42
1990 87 41
1991 84 40
1992 81 40
1993 77 38
1994 75 37
1995 71 36
1996 68 34
1997 65 34
1998 64 33
1999 61 32
2000 59 31
2001 57 31
2002 56 30
2003 54 29
2004 52 29
(1) Rate per 100,000 population standardised to the European Standard Population. (2) Selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 162 for lung cancer and 174 for female breast cancer for the years 1985 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (1CD-10) codes C33-C34 for lung cancer and C50 for breast cancer for 2001 onwards. Between 1984 and 1992 a different interpretation of ICD-9 selection Rule 3 was used to code underlying cause of death in England and Wales to that used internationally. This change means that comparisons between this period and years before and after, should be interpreted with caution. The impact of the change on mortality statistics was analysed and reported in annual mortality publications in 1984 and 1994. *The introduction of ICD-l0 for coding cause of death in 2001 also means that figures are not completely comparable with data for years before this date. Comparisons between the data before and after 2001 should therefore also be interpreted with caution. An article specifically examining the effect of the change in classification for cancer trends was published in Health Statistics Quarterly 23. ** More information about these change can be found on the National Statistics website at (3) Figures are for registrations of death in each calendar year from 1985 to 1992 and for occurrences of death in each calendar year from 1993 onwards. * Mortality statistics: Cause 1984. DH2 No.l1, pg viii-ix. Mortality statistics: Cause 1993 (revised) and 1994. DH2 No.21, pg xxv-xxxiii. ** Brock A, Griffiths C, Rooney C (2004) The effect of the introduction of ICD-10 on cancer mortality trends in England and Wales. Health Statistics Quarterly 23, 7-17.

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