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Table 2 Response to exact and estimated time durations by cancer site

From: Determining patient and primary care delay in the diagnosis of cancer – lessons from a pilot study of patients referred for suspected cancer

  Total number of symptoms reported How long before your diagnosis did you notice this (symptom)? How long before your diagnosis did you first tell your GP or nurse about this (symptom)?
   Exact date Estimated date Data missing Exact date Estimated date Data missing n/a
Breast (n = 38) 52 9 30 13 21 11 13 7
Colorectal (n = 10) 16 2 10 4 7 5 3 1
Gynae (n = 11) 14 5 6 3 5 4 5 0
Head & Neck (n = 7) 16 0 9 7 1 2 11 2
Lung (n = 4) 13 3 2 8 0 2 11 0
Skin (n = 7) 17 1 8 8 3 2 11 1
Upper GI (n = 6) 21 5 13 3 8 3 5 5
Urology (n = 2) 3 0 3 0 0 1 2 0
Total (%) 152 25 (16.4%) 81 (53.3%) 46 (30.3%) 45 (29.6%) 30 (19.7%) 61 (40.1%) 16 (10.5%)