§ Dr. Julian Lewis
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Dr. Julian Lewis, dated 30 September 2003:The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question concerning the estimate of the number of breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years. I am replying in his absence. (131314)The number of registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer in females in the United Kingdom in the most recent five years for which data are available are given in the following table. The figures shown are for females only and exclude the small number of breast cancer cases that occur in men.
Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer in females, UK, 1996–2000 Females 1996 37,000 1997 39,300 1998 39,500 1999 40,900 20001 40,400 Data for Scotland for 2000 are not yet available. The figure for the UK has been estimated using 1999 data for Scotland.
National Cancer Intelligence Unit, Office for National Statistics.
Welsh Cancer Intelligence & Surveillance Unit.
Scottish Cancer Registry, National Health Service in Scotland.
Northern Ireland Cancer Registry