HC Deb 09 May 1960 vol 623 cc8-9
24. Mr. Whitlock

asked the Minister of Health how many cases of bone cancer were reported in 1939, 1950, 1957, 1958, and 1959, respectively, in the area consisting of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Figures of cases of bone cancer in these areas are not available. The average number of deaths from this cause in the periods 1950–53 and 1954–57 were respectively 52 and 46; for 1958 and 1959 the figures were 48 and 37.

Mr. Whitlock

While those figures are less alarming than those for leukaemia, does not the Minister agree that there is a case for ascertaining whether there is a link between man-made radiation and terrible diseases of this kind?

Mr. Walker-Smith

All these things are under active study, but the hon. Member will appreciate that the figures for deaths are falling. Deaths from bone cancer amount to rather less than 1 per cent. of deaths from all types of cancer.

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