Brain: Tumours

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Rebecca Harris Rebecca Harris Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) how many patients in the UK were diagnosed with secondary brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013;

(2) how many patients in the UK were diagnosed with low grade brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013;

(3) how many patients in the UK were diagnosed with high grade brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated June 2014

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Questions asking:

How many patients in the UK were diagnosed with secondary brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013.

How many patients in the UK were diagnosed with high grade brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013.

How many patients in the UK were diagnosed with low grade brain tumours in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011, (e) 2012 and (f) 2013.

Detailed information about secondary cancer diagnoses and grade of primary cancer at diagnosis are not routinely recorded on individual cancer registrations sent to ONS for processing and publishing as National Statistics. For these reasons it is not possible to provide figures on secondary brain cancer incidence or primary brain cancer incidence by grade.

The most recent cancer incidence figures available are for cases diagnosed in 2012. Table 1 provides the number of newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer in men and women resident in England, for the years 2008 to 2012.

ONS publishes cancer incidence data for England. The latest published figures on cancer incidence for the UK constituent countries are available from the following websites:

England:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/cancer-statistics-registrations--england--series-mb1-/index.html

Wales:

http://www.wcisu.wales.nhs.uk/home

Scotland:

http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Cancer/Cancer-Statistics/

Northern Ireland:

http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/nicr/CancerData/OnlineStatistics/

Table 1: Number of newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer1, 2008-122, male, female, England3
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Male 2,283 2,356 2,310 2,275 2,336
Female 1,689 1,714 1,702 1,759 1,623
Total 3,972 4,070 4,012 4,034 3,959
1 Cancer of the Brain is coded as C71 according to the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10). 2 Cancer incidence figures are based on newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year. 3 Figures for England exclude cancer registrations for non-residents. Source: Office for National Statistics

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