International Journal of Family Medicine / 2015 / Article / Tab 4

Research Article

Does the Primary Care Experience Influence the Cancer Diagnostic Process?

Table 4

Elapsed times (median; in days) in cancer diagnosis.

All patientsPatients with breast cancerPatients with lung cancerPatients with colorectal cancerDifference between cancer sites
()()()() value

Symptoms-to-investigation time474140640.143
 Time between first
 symptoms and making
 appointment1
211816300.749
 Time between making
 appointment and start of
 investigation1
11109120.593
Investigation-to-diagnosis time324629240.092

Times between first symptoms and making appointment for these symptoms and between making appointment for the first symptoms and start of investigation could not be calculated in 28% of cases, because of the large amount of missing data for the date when the first appointment was made after noticing symptoms (24%).
Median test.