§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the five year survival rates for(a) breast, (b) lung, (c) stomach and (d) colo-rectal cancer types; and on what authority they are based. 85W
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tim Loughton, dated 21 October 2002:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the five year survival rates for (a) breast, (b) lung, (c) stomach and (d) colorectal cancer types; and on what authority they were based.The latest available five year survival rates for cancer of the breast (female), lung, stomach and colon are for patients diagnosed in 1993–95 and followed up to 31 December 2000.Five year survival rates by sex and age group for England are available on the National Statistics website at: http:// www statistics.gov. ulc/stat base/Expodata/Spread sheets/ D4924. xlsFive year survival rates for cancers of the lung, stomach and colon for all persons, and for cancer of the breast for females, all ages combined, are available for NHS regions and health authority areas in England as they were up to 1st April 2001, on the National Statistics website at: htt p://www.statistics.gov.uk/Stat Base/ Expodata/Spreadsheets/D5389.xls http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ StatBase/E xpodata/Spreadsheets/D5392.xlsThe methodology used to calculate the survival rates is closely based on that used to analyse cancer survival trends over the period 1971 to 1990, which is described in Cancer Survival Trends in England and Wales, 1971–95: deprivation and NHS Region1.
1Coleman MP, Babb PJ, Damiecki P, Grosclaude P, Honjo S, Jones J, Knerer G, Pitard A, Quinn M, Sloggett A, De Stavola B. Cancer Survival Trends in England and Wales, 1971–95: deprivation and NHS Region. Studies in Medical and Population Subjects No. 61. London: The Stationery Office, 1999.