§ Lord Faulkner of Worcester
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What are the current one-year and five-year survival rates for lung cancer and breast cancer respectively; and how these survival rates compare with each of the years 1996–2003. [HL4102]
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.192WA
Letter from the Director of Macroeconomics and Labour Market at the Office for National Statistics, Colin Mowl, dated 15 September 2004.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the current one-year and five-year survival rates for lung cancer and breast cancer, and asking how these survival rates compare with each of the years 1996–2003. I am replying in his absence. (HL4102)
The latest available survival statistics for lung cancer and breast cancer are for adult patients (aged 15–99 years) in England and Wales diagnosed during 1996–99 and followed up to 31 December 2001. These statistics are not published for individual years.
One- and five-year age-standardised relative survival rates for adult patients diagnosed with lung and breast cancer during 1996–99 are given in the following table.
One- and five-year age-standardised relative survival rates (%) for adult patients1 with lung and breast cancer England and Wales, patients diagnosed from 1996–992 Patient group No of patients3 One-year Survival (%) Five-year Survival (%) Lung Men 67,862 23.2 5.8 Women 39,455 24.4 6.4 Breast Women 125,093 93.0 77.5
Office for National Statistics.
1 Adults aged 15–99 years.
2 Follow-up to 31 December 2001. Complete five year follow-up is currently only available for those diagnosed in 1996. For patients diagnosed in later years the most up-to-date estimates of shorter-term survival were used in this analysis of survival rates.
3 Eligible patients included in the survival analysis. The criteria for excluding patient records are given in Health Statistics Quarterly 2000; 6: 71–80, for example where the registration was of a second (different) primary cancer: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_health/HSQ6Book.pdf.