HC Deb 13 February 1980 vol 978 c705W

Miss Boothroyd asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many hospital admissions for breast cancer and how many deaths from that disease there have been from 1973 to the latest available date.

Dr. Vaughan

Following are the figures:

(1) Estimated total numbers of discharges—including deaths—based on a one in 10 sample of spells in NHS hospitals in England and Wales where the principal diagnosis was malignant neoplasm of breast.

1973 32,830
1974 33,260
1975 38,210
1976 38,680
1977 37,070
NOTE: The principles applied on the acceptability of cases in the sample selected changed in 1977 so those figures are not strictly comparable with those in previous years. (2) Numbers of deaths registered in England and Wales with malignant neoplasm of breast certified as the underlying cause:

1973 11,495
1974 11,319
1975 11,719
1976 11,831
1977 11,918
1978 (provisional) 12,007

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