The UK Statistics Authority has identified an error in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) on 18 November 2008.
The original answer provided a table of the age-standardised mortality rates in England, by sex, for the period 1971 to 2005 for all cancers combined and for each cancer where this information was readily available. The error occurred in the rates presented for prostate cancer, which were incorrect for all the years shown, because of a clerical error. In the original table, prostate cancer is ranked 9th on the list for males. On the corrected table, it appears 5th on the list, as the figures are presented in rank order for the first year of data (1971).
The corrected tables are as follows:
Table 1: Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population by cancer site and sex, England, 1971-2005( 1)