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Wednesday, December 9, 1998 Published at 10:01 GMT


Health

Breast cancer deaths ranked by area

Screening can cut the risk of the disease

For the first time the NHS performance tables for England included figures showing the death rate from breast cancer by health authority.

When the last government introduced similar mortality tables in Scotland in 1994, doctors said that the tables were misleading and would deter patients from getting treatment.

The figures for England used a mortality ratio that compares the number of deaths from breast cancer expected in an area with the number of deaths from the disease actually observed.

A ratio higher than 100 shows a death rate rate above the national average.

The data came from deaths registered from the beginning of 1994 to the end of 1996.

The tables showed that there is great variation across the country. While Gateshead and South Tyneside in the North East scored 82 and the Isle of Wight in the South scored 86, Northamptonshire in the Midlands scored well over the average, with 114.

The figure for each health authority is listed below by region.

Anglia and Oxford NHS Region:

  • Bedfordshire HA: 104
  • Berkshire HA: 105
  • Buckinghamshire HA: 101
  • Cambridge and Huntingdon HA: 96
  • East Norfolk HA: 98
  • North West Anglia HA: 105
  • Northamptonshire HA: 114
  • Oxfordshire HA: 97
  • Suffolk: 103

North Thames NHS Region:

  • Barking and Havering HA: 105
  • Barnet HA: 99
  • Brent and Harrow HA: 106
  • Camden and Islington HA: 99
  • Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA: 91
  • East and North Hertfordshire HA: 101
  • East London and The City HA: 102
  • Enfield and Haringey HA: 95
  • Hillingdon HA: 96
  • Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster HA: 90
  • North Essex HA: 112
  • Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA: 92
  • South Essex HA: 104
  • West Hertfordshire HA: 102

North West NHS Region:

  • Bury and Rochdale HA HA: 108
  • East Lancashire HA HA: 98
  • Liverpool HA: 98
  • Manchester HA: 98
  • Morecambe Bay HA: 82
  • North Cheshire HA: 98
  • North West Lancashire HA: 100
  • St Helens and Knowsley HA: 97
  • Salford and Trafford HA: 97
  • Sefton HA: 93
  • South Cheshire HA: 95
  • South Lancashire HA: 103
  • Stockport HA: 102
  • West Pennine HA: 100
  • Wigan and Bolton HA: 91
  • Wirral HA: 101

South Thames NHS Region:

  • Bexley and Greenwich HA: 90
  • Bromley HA: 91
  • Croydon HA: 103
  • East Kent HA: 101
  • East Surrey HA: 86
  • East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA: 103
  • Kingston and Richmond HA: 109
  • Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA: 95
  • Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA: 98
  • West Kent HA: 103
  • West Surrey HA: 100
  • West Sussex HA: 95

South and West NHS Region:

  • Avon HA: 99
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA: 104
  • Dorset HA: 93
  • Gloucestershire HA: 106
  • Isle of Wight HA: 81
  • North and East Devon HA: 97
  • North and Mid Hampshire HA: 96
  • Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA: 93
  • Somerset HA: 102
  • South and West Devon HA: 108
  • Southampton and South West Hampshire HA: 96
  • Wiltshire HA: 105

Trent NHS Region:

  • Barnsley HA: 116
  • Doncaster HA: 112
  • Leicestershire HA: 103
  • Lincolnshire HA: 105
  • North Derbyshire HA: 108
  • North Nottinghamshire HA: 105
  • Nottingham HA: 108
  • Rotherham HA: 112
  • Sheffield HA: 106
  • South Humber HA: 107
  • South Derbyshire HA: 110

West Midlands NHS Region:

  • Birmingham HA: 97
  • Coventry HA: 95
  • Dudley HA: 103
  • Herefordshire HA: 112
  • North Staffordshire HA: 111
  • Sandwell HA: 109
  • Shropshire HA: 96
  • Solihull HA: 119
  • South Staffordshire HA: 110
  • Walsall HA: 118
  • Warwickshire HA: 109
  • Wolverhampton HA: 103
  • Worcestershire HA: 100

Northern and Yorkshire NHS Region:

  • Bradford HA: 94
  • Calderdale and Kirklees HA: 92
  • County Durham HA: 93
  • East Riding HA: 104
  • Gateshead and South Tyneside 82
  • Leeds HA: 86
  • Newcastle and North Tyneside HA: 105
  • North Cumbria HA: 95
  • North Yorkshire HA: 87
  • Northumberland HA: 100
  • Sunderland HA: 95
  • Tees HA: 99
  • Wakefield HA: 90
Source: Department of Health




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