Cancer: Health Education

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent by his Department on research and raising awareness of (a) breast cancer and (b) prostate cancer in each year since 2005.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information on the Department's spend on breast and prostate cancer awareness activity in each year since 2005 has been presented in the following table:

  Breast Prostate
2005-06 27,236 89,400
2006-07 54,504 206,952
2007-08 87,578 126,000
2008-09 21,702 135,000
2009-10 30,715 437,000
2010-11 3,778,791 276,500
2011-12 921,431 102,000
Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest pound. 2. 2005 figures for breast cancer do not include storage and distribution costs of breast cancer awareness literature as these were unavailable for this year. 3. In 2009-10 £86,000 (of the £437,000) in funding for prostate cancer awareness also funded activity for bowel and lung cancer. 4. In 2010-11 £7,500 (of the £276,500) in funding for prostate cancer awareness also funded activity for bowel and lung cancer. 5. In 2010-11 £3,745,000 (of the £3,778,791) in funding for breast cancer awareness activity also funded activity for either bowel cancer, lung cancer or both. 6. The 2011-12 spend for prostate cancer is forecasted end of year expenditure.

Figures for the Department's total expenditure on research on breast and prostate cancers in each year since 2005 are not available. Prior to the establishment of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in April 2006, the main part of the Department's total health research expenditure was devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. From April 2006 to March 2009, transitional research funding was allocated to these organisations at reducing levels. The organisations have accounted for their use of the allocations they have received from the Department in an annual research and development report. The reports identify total, aggregated expenditure on national priority areas, including cancer. They do not provide details of research into particular cancer sites.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) is currently hosting 103 studies in breast cancer, and 37 in prostate cancer, that are in set-up or recruiting patients. Expenditure by the CRN on research into particular cancer sites cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure.

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