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Table 3 Response to exact and estimated time durations for breast cancer by symptom

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

  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
Lump (n = 30) 7 17 6 15 5 7 3
Pain (n = 19) 2 11 7 5 5 5 4
Others (n = 3) 0 2 1 1 1 1 0
Total 9 30 14 21 11 13 7
  1. n = number of patients reporting this symptom