Health written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what plans his Department has to increase the range of publically available data on cancer that can be analysed by age.

(2) if he will publish data on cancer stage of diagnosis and routes to diagnosis by age and tumour type;

(3) if he will ensure that data collected on women with metastatic and recurrent breast cancer is made available by age.

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

In “Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer” published on 12 January 2011, we said that information was central to the drive for better outcomes. Through the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) we are providing commissioners, providers, clinicians, stakeholders and patients with data about cancer services and outcomes. Wherever possible, all NCIN reports are broken down by equality characteristic and all new datasets include analysis by gender, socio-economic deprivation and age.

The NCIN report, “Routes to Diagnosis”, published in November 2010, examines routes to diagnosis for a range of cancer types by age, sex and deprivation, to highlight differences in relative one-year survival rates. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library. The NCIN is undertaking an extension of the original “Routes to Diagnosis” report. This new analysis will cover three years of cases, allowing trends in the types of cancer and levels of routes to presentation to be understood and addressed.

All cancer registries are now implementing internal changes to achieve the staging performance of the best registry. Registries are on. track to deliver this by the end of 2012.

During 2011-12, we piloted the collection of metastatic and recurrent breast cancer data to identify what information could be collated from routine NHS data and cancer registries. In March 2012, the NCIN published report of the “Recurrent and Metastatic Breast Cancer Data Collection Project Pilot.” This set out the lessons learned and recommendations for routine collection of data, which is currently underway. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library.

As we progress with the collection of cancer staging data and data on metastatic and recurrent breast cancer data, we will consider how to present this information for routine publication. We would anticipate that this information would be made available by age in common with other registry based statistical publications.

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