6 November 2012
Responding to the Office of National Statistics figures released today that show that cancer is the biggest killer in England and Wales, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is worrying to see that the proportion of cancer deaths has risen making it the biggest killer in England and Wales for 2011.
“In light of these figures it is absolutely vital that NHS in England is measured against cancer survival rates.
“The Government and the NHS Commissioning Board must take heed of the ONS figures and ensure one-year and five-year survival indicators for all cancers are included in their relevant outcomes frameworks. This will provide a strong incentive for the NHS to improve in this area.”
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Notes to Editors:
1. Office of National Statistics (2011). Statistical Bulletin Births and Deaths in England and Wales, 2011 (Final), Further patterns and trends: Deaths
Due to coding changes implemented in 2011 the number of deaths with an underlying cause coded to ‘Diseases of the Circulatory System’ (previously the most common cause of death in 2010) has decreased by 5 per cent. This decrease is caused by selection rule changes to cardiomyopathy (I42), heart failure (I50) and cerebrovascular diseases (I60–I69). Source: Office of National Statistics (2011). Results from the ICD–10 v2010 bridge coding study.
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