Table 1

Characteristics of patients dying in Scotland from cancer by ethnic group, May 2001–December 2009

CharacteristicsStatisticTotalWhite ScottishWhite IrishOther White BritishOther WhiteSouth Asian*ChineseAfrican Origin†Other non- White
DeathsN117 467106 8981431760910562049751121
Age at censusMean (SD)68.2 (12.0)68.1 (11.9)69.3 (11.1)69.0 (12.1)69.3 (12.7)61.2 (14.7)61.4 (13.0)61.6 (14.9)64.6 (14.3)
Age at deathMean (SD)72.5 (11.8)72.4 (11.8)73.6 (11.0)73.3 (12.0)73.6 (12.5)66.0 (14.7)66.0 (13.1)65.9 (14.9)69.0 (13.9)
MaleN (%)59 506 (50.7%)53 936 (50.5%)733 (51.2%)4 029 (53.0%)564 (53.4%)111 (54.4%)44 (45.4%)26 (51.0%)63 (52.1%)
Highest qualification (25–74 years old)§
 No qualificationN (%)49 987 (63.1%)46 867 (64.5%)608 (65.4%)1998 (42.1%)290 (48.5%)104 (61.9%)60 (76.9%)12 (30.8%)48 (53.3%)
 Lower qualificationN (%)16 893 (21.3%)15 410 (21.2%)162 (17.4%)1151 (24.3%)112 (18.7%) 29 (17.3%) 9 (11.5%) 8 (20.5%)12 (13.3%)
 Higher qualificationN (%)12 382 (15.6%)10 341 (14.2%)160 (17.2%)1592 (33.6%)196 (32.8%) 35 (20.8%) 9 (11.5%)19 (48.7%)30 (33.3%)
Deprivation SIMD Quintile
1: Most deprivedN (%)27 971 (23.8%)26 427 (24.7%)462 (32.3%) 808 (10.6%)171 (16.2%)39 (19.1%)18 (18.6%)
2N (%)26 800 (22.8%)25 074 (23.5%)338 (23.6%)1 096 (14.4%)190 (18.0%)51 (25.0%)12 (12.4%)
3N (%)23 641 (20.1%)21 243 (19.9%)258 (18.0%)1 852 (24.3%)209 (19.8%)25 (12.3%)24 (24.7%)
4N (%)21 016 (17.9%)18 417 (17.2%)199 (13.9%)2 081 (27.4%)248 (23.5%)29 (14.2%)14 (14.4%)
5: Least deprivedN (%)18 039 (15.4%)15 737 (14.7%)174 (12.2%)1 772 (23.3%)238 (22.5%)60 (29.4%)29 (29.9%)
Cancer site group
 Lung, colorectal, breast, prostateN (%)58 746 (50%)53 711 (50.2%)726 (50.7%)3 593 (47.2%)507 (48.0%)87 (42.7%)41 (42.3%)33 (64.7%)58 (47.9%)
 All other cancersN (%)58 721 (50%)53 187 (49.8%)705 (49.3%)4 016 (52.8%)549 (52.0%)117 (57.4%)56 (57.7%)18 (35.3%)63 (52.1%)
Region, NHS board of residence
 Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS BoardN (%)29 021 (24.7%)27 074 (25.3%)628 (43.9%) 910 (12.0%)232 (22.0%)100 (49.0%)29 (29.9%)
 Lothian NHS BoardN (%)16 400 (14%)14 798 (13.8%)149 (10.4%)1 134 (14.9%)228 (21.6%) 32 (15.7%)28 (28.9%)
 Tayside NHS BoardN (%) 9738 (8.3%) 8859 (8.3%) 76 (5.3%) 673 (8.8%) 99 (9.4%)14 (6.9%) 7 (7.2%)
 All Other BoardsN (%)62 308 (53%)56 167 (52.5%)578 (40.4%)4 892 (64.3%)497 (47.1%)58 (28.4%)33 (34.0%)
  • *South Asian, including Pakistani, Indian and Other South Asian.

  • †Scottish Black, African, Caribbean and Other Black.

  • ‡Other ethnic group and mixed.

  • §38 205 or 32.5% of total missing values exist for individuals over 74 years old.

  • ¶Figures omitted for risk of disclosure reasons.

  • SIMD, Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.