§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the five year survival rates for(a) breast, (b) lung, cervical, (d) colon, (e) stomach, (f) prostate and (g) bladder cancer are in (i) England, (ii) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority Area and (iii) the South East Regional Office area. 
§ 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. John Bercow, dated 10 April 2003:As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning what the five year survival rates for (a) breast, (b) lung, (c) cervical, (d) colon, (e) stomach, (f) prostate and (g) bladder cancer are in (i) England, (ii) the Buckinghamshire Health Authority area and (iii) the South East Regional Office area. (108489)
At the national level, figures are routinely presented for men and women separately, while those at regional and local levels are given for persons only. The latest available information is given in this format in the table below.
Five-year relative survival (%), persons diagnosed in 1993–95 and
followed up to 31 December 2000: selected cancers, England,
South East Regional Office area and Buckinghamshire Health
Percentage England South East Buckinghamshire HA Cancer Site Men Women Persons1 Persons1 Breast — 75.9 76.9 79 Lung 5.5 5.5 5.5 7.1 Cervix — 66.0 68.0 62 Colon 43.5 43.3 46.2 47 Stomach 11.1 11.8 12.0 10.9 Prostate 59.8 — 63.0 63 Bladder 67.1 57.6 69.0 76 Figures for breast cancer exclude the very small numbers of cases in men.
Source:Report: Cancer survival in the health authorities of England, 1993–2000. "Health Statistics Quarterly" 13 (2002), 95–103. This is available on our website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/HSQ13_v4 pdf465W'Cancer survival: five year relative survival rates in England by Health Authority up to 2000' at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D5389.xls for breast (female), lung, colon and prostate cancer.Survival rates for cervical, stomach, bladder and oesophageal cancer are on the website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D5392.xls