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Table 1 Characteristics of patients referred from participating GPs and from all included referrals

From: The Danish cancer pathway for patients with serious non-specific symptoms and signs of cancer–a cross-sectional study of patient characteristics and cancer probability

Variable Referrals from participating GPs All referrals including non-responders
n = 1278 n = 1732
  n % N %
Hospital     
  Silkeborg 705 55.2 927 53.5
  Aarhus 573 44.8 805 46.5
Sex     
  Female 671 52.5 821 52.6
  Male 607 47.5 911 47.7
Age     
  Mean 65.9 years   66.1  
  (Range, SD) (18–98, 14.7)   (18–98, 14.7)  
Age groups     
  18-39 years 70 5.5 90 6.2
  40-54 years 179 14.0 234 16.1
  55-69 years 441 34.5 481 33.0
  70-79 years 345 27.0 368 25.3
  ≥80 years 243 19.0 282 19.4
Cancer:     
  Yes 207 16.2 277 16.0
  No 1071 83.8 1455 84.0
Chronic diseases at referral*:     
  Hypertension 355 27.8 - -
  Chronic lung disease 216 16.9 - -
  Diabetes 153 12.0 - -
  Ischaemic heart disease 142 11.1 - -
  Chronic joint or rheumatic disease 134 10.5 - -
  Light to medium mental disorder 125 9.8 - -
  Osteoporosis 79 6.2 - -
  Apoplexy 69 5.4 - -
  Moderate to severe mental disorder 67 5.2 - -
  1. *Data based on returned questionnaires and therefore exclusively on participating GPs